A savvy and opinionated tour of the contemporary world of wine.
America’s dynamic new wine culture calls out for a different kind of wine guide, and The Wine Savant is just that: punchy, polemical, and brimming with insights that will inform and entertain seasoned oenophiles and newbies alike. Why did California wines take a wrong turn in the mid-1990s and who is leading California back to greatness? What accounts for the rise of Burgundy and the decline of Bordeaux? What is a spoofulated wine, what constitutes a value wine, and which wine is the next great white hope? With intelligence and brio, Michael Steinberger examines the wine world from an insider’s perspective and offers readers a wealth of practical guidance. Above all, The Wine Savant offers a critic’s toolbox for thinking about wine, how to be a shrewd wine buyer, and how best to enjoy the wine you drink.