I was a little worried that this book would annoy me. I enjoy wine and don't need anyone's help to do so, but the book won me over very quickly. There are excellent essays written by philosophers, wine writers and critics, even a biochemist - all of it is accessible and interesting. (Scruton's piece is effortlessly revelatory.) Most importantly, the book manages the difficult balance between accessibility and serious philosophy. It is a genuine contribution to debates in the philosophy of mind and language, epistemology, aesthetics, perception, etc. This is no part of the dubious trend towards haphazard reflection on a piece of popular culture. Is the taste in us or in the glass? Does knowing more about a wine make it taste better? How does the brain affect how we process such a complicated set of sensory signals? Can wines be works of art? How do we rank wines and assess reputations if we are not experts? What does our talk of wine really mean? These are good philosophical questions, and the answers can change, even improve, our experience of wine.