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Professors at the Culinary Institute of America, Kolpan, Brian Smith, and Michael Weiss continue their collaboration (Exploring Wine) with this excellent book. As with most wine guides, the largest section discusses the varieties of wine. WineWise organizes wines by color, type, and country. The later sections have details on how to pair wine (complement or contrast tastes) and list good, inexpensive vintages. The difference with this guide is the details, such as how to overcome food-pairing traps, and the tone. It is enjoyable to read, partly because the authors are not afraid to express their opinions, while encouraging readers to drink what they like. Also, the tone avoids stuffiness; readers will be able to appreciate the authors' excitement and entertainment from sharing their knowledge of wine. A reference book in topic and depth, this is also a fun guide that can be read cover to cover or dipped into as curiosity dictates. Highly recommended.