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by Alexis Herschkowitsch,Robin Goldstein

Download The Wine Trials: 100 Everyday Wines Under $15 that Beat $50 to $150 Wines in Brown-Bag Blind Tastings fb2, epub

ISBN: 0974014354
Author: Alexis Herschkowitsch,Robin Goldstein
Language: English
Publisher: Fearless Critic Media (May 1, 2008)
Pages: 208
Category: Beverages & Wine
Subcategory: Food
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 119
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The book team blind tested 560 wines (including at least some expensive .

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Blinded wine tasting is wine tasting undertaken in circumstances in which the tasters are kept unaware of the wines' identities. When given wine that they are falsely told is expensive they virtually always report it as tasting better than the very same wine when they are told that it is inexpensive.

Most wine in the world is cheap wine. The wine experts preferred the more expensive wines, not surprisingly, but Goldstein noted most wine drinkers are not experts. Some were sommeliers and winemakers from France; others were doctors and professors, artists and writers, economists and bartenders, wine importers and lawyers, young and old, of all political stripes.

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6,000 glasses of evidence that will change the way you buy wine: Hide the label...and the truth comes out. Acclaimed Fearless Critic Robin Goldstein has gone around the country serving 6,000 glasses of wine from brown paper bags to experts and everyday wine drinkers around America. Here, in print for the first time, are the shocking results, including full-page reviews of the 100 wines that beat $50 to $150 bottles in the blind tastings.


The book team blind tested 560 wines (including at least some expensive ones), used a good statistics methodolgy that discounted the opinions of people who ranked the same wine differently, and concluded that there were lots of cheap wines that were well liked by the testers (which included "chefs, food professionals, wine distributors, wine professionals, and everyday wine drinkers invited by the editors"

The review below is false when it claims "Only one expensive wine is mentioned in the entire book." In fact, the book states on page 8: "tasters preferred a nine dollar Beringer Founder's Estate Cabernet to a 120 dollar Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet." Also on page 8 "They preferred a Vinho Verde to a Cakebread Chardonnay and a Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru from Louis Latour." Page 21 "the Segura Viudas Brut and the Freixnet beat both Dom Perignon and Veuve Cliquot." The reviewer below obviously didn't even bother to flip through the book. The Wine Trials team seems to have tasted a number of expensive wines.

Although it would be nice if they would reveal the whole list of the 560 wines that they tasted. (They could do that on their website for instance.) And I'd also like to see what the top wines were regardless of price as the book only lists wines under fifteen dollars. It's odd that they don't share that information. Perhaps the "Fearless Critic" was a little fearful of the expensive wine producers?

The book also has a good discussion of their testing methodology and other past wine tests and the placebo effect. Overall an interesting read and a useful reference although I wish they had more info on expensive wines.
Reviewers seem to want to focus on the statistical test methods and weigh in on the eternal questions of "can you taste the difference?" and "does that $15 bottle taste better than that $75 bottle?"

Forget about all of that. This is a great book for raising up 100 affordable, drinkable wines. It helps the reader to explore new or old varietals (value-priced Merlot). It encourages us to sometimes leave California for other lands. It urges us to actually taste the wines we drink and draw our own conclusions. It helps us to move beyond price based evaluation, vineyard branding/labeling or a single bad experience.

If you pick 25 wines to sample from these recommendations, you'll find 5-10 friends that can be used for everyday meals, without apologies or the need to "show off" your cleverness. Just enjoy. Bon appetite!
I bought this book after a friend recommended it to me. Contrary to what others have suggested, I do take it to the store with me and have no shame about carrying it around and consulting it as I shop. I figure that in this economy, such frugal methods are acceptable. I feel no guilt; especially when I recently saw at least half a dozen of the wines listed in this book on the extensive wine list at my favorite Italian restaurant. A wine that retails for $8-10 on this list retailed for $26-35 per bottle in their restaurant.

I have been thrilled with many of the recommendations in this book. What I learned in this book about how wine is marketed and hyped was further reinforced by a wine tasting experience I had in Italy last fall. The wine purveyor who did the tasting -- a 30-something grower whose family had been in the wine business for over a century -- confirmed that a lot of so-called wine experts overcomplicate the business of tasting and describing wine. This book demystifies it.
Robin Goldstein is a gadfly. He's notorious for submitting a wine menu from a fictitious restaurant to Wine Spectator magazine and earning the magazine's "Award of Excellence." Yet the "reserve wine list" from his menu listed wines earning some of the lowest scores from the magazine over the previous 20 years.

"The Wine Trials" takes on the commonly used 50- to 100-point wine rating system. Goldstein asks whether the ratings are biased by price, label, and advertising. His tests show that they are, sometimes hugely.

Goldstein wanted to know how cheaper wines - below $15 - rated against more expensive ones, in the $50 to $150 range, and each other in blind, brown-bag tastings. Over several months in 2007 and 2008, he held tastings of 560 wines for everyday wine drinkers and experts. Many of the cheap wines excelled and surpassed the expensive ones.

The result is a set of ranked lists of 100 wines for under $15 by general type -- heavy red, light red, heavy white, light white, etc. -- and by location -- Europe and the "New World" (the Americas, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand). Each of the ranked wines also gets its own description. I've tried several of the top-ranked wines, and they are delicious, some from small, unadvertised labels and some from big producers.

As a buying guide, this is a very useful book, by far the most useful I've seen in a long time. Goldstein's jaundiced look at the wine business, especially the conventional wine rating business, is a bonus.

The book doesn't pretend to be anything like Karen MacNeil's "The Wine Bible" or others in that category. You won't find here detailed descriptions of individual wine grapes, wine growing regions, famous bottlers, characteristics of the terroir, or that kind of information. "The Wine Trials" is all about the unbiased drinking experience. These two books, "The Wine Trials" and "The Wine Bible," have different aims and complement each other well. But just to find inexpensive, drinkable wines, "The Wine Trials" is more useful.

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