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Nice ideas - but worth a book on them?,
This review is from: The Great Wine Swindle (Hardcover)
Malcolm Gluck certainly has a good track record. He wrote the wine column for the Guardian until 2004, and already in 1991 compiled his first guide Superplonk on supermarket wines. He presented his own program on the BBC , and now still writes and consults on wine and the wine trade.
With this book he intended to cut through the hype and tell us about why we should accept the Tetrapak and the screwcap, and watch out for crooks. The book is clearly written to shock, surprise and entertain. And chapter headings tell it all with "Wine Cheats", "Crooked Wines", The Curse of the Cork", and "Restaurant Wine Rip-Offs". So does he deliver of his own hype?
Well, firstly the book is easy to read, entertaining and sometimes quite interesting. Second, the author is almost certainly right about a lot of things - the problems with corks, and the ease with which scams and cons can be perpetrated. But, like many other reviewers I found his constant and repetitive attacks on almost everyone a bit boring. Thirdly I was a bit shocked to see the prices mentioned in the Notes - who can afford to drink wine costing 3 figures? I'm told Malcolm Gluck is well appreciated in the UK as a wine writer. Well this time he did not quite make the grade! To conclude, some good points that could have best been written as 2-3 articles, but not really worth a book.