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Jane BlackIt takes a skilled writer to keep such a subject lively for 278 pages; bottle closures are usually resigned to 50-word magazine blurbs, and for good reason. But George M. Taber does the job in To Cork or Not to Cork. A veteran Time correspondent, Taber has a track record of translating wine geekery into compelling narrative. His Judgment of Paris (2005), which recounts how California wines beat out France's best vintages in a 1976 blind taste test, was a surprise hit and will soon be a Hollywood movie. Taber pulls off the same feat with cork, transforming the tale from a dull account of bottle closures into a chronicle of how great wine is made, aged, stored, marketed and enjoyed.
—The Washington Post