There are literally thousands of individual wines produced, imported and distributed in the United States each year. But how can you tell the quality of a potential wine purchase? Many rely on price (incorrectly equating it with quality) or an impression of a pretty label or bottle shape. Others rely on ratings, though less than 5% of all wine produced is “highly rated” by independent critics.

Finally! A Credible, Comprehensive Source for Finding Great, Reasonably Priced Wine

Wine lovers need a simple, easy-to-understand way to sort through the myriad wine labels, types, wineries and regions, and the dozens of sources of wine rating information. And since 1994, the Wine PocketList has been the definitive source for quality- and cost-conscious wine buyers. Without snobbery or pretension, the Wine PocketList 2004 Wine Buying Guide offers quick, easy-to-understand entries for over 1700 top-rated wines, all $30 a bottle or less.

The Arkansas Democrat & Gazette said it was “One of the finest and most helpful publications that I have come across…” Culinary Trends stated that “The Wine PocketList allows anyone to consistently select very good bottles of wine.” According to The Detroit News, it “…makes it easy to pick out a winner.” And, in his James Beard Foundation award winning book “Pot on the Fire: Further Confessions of a Renegade Cook,” author John Thorne devotes nearly two pages to the merits of the Wine PocketList.

Inside the Wine PocketList 2004 Wine Buying Guide, You’ll Find:

As indispensable as ever, this book offers up-to-date ratings for hundreds of wines sorted by type and region, as well as a series of helpful “quick buying guides” including a listing of the top wineries represented in the book.

  • Over 1700 top-rated wines from 14 countries, including the U.S., France, Italy, Australia, Spain and Germany
  • Quick Buying Guides for the best Bargain, Widely Available and Case Buys
  • Comprehensive Buying Guides sorted by type and country
  • An index of wineries and the scores of their wines
  • A handy glossary of wine terms

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A Word about Our Wine Ratings

Using a proprietary analytical process that blends ratings, price, historical and qualitative data, the Wine PocketList 2004 Wine Buying Guide effectively analyzes thousands of wines reviewed by top wine publications, including Wine AdvocateWine and SpiritsWine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator among others. The Wine PocketList compiles objective scores on the best offerings in much the same way a master vintner blends a fine wine, giving you only the wines that merit a grade of A+, A, A- or B+, and which cost $30 or less.

Listings are sorted by varietal/wine type, and then cross referenced by region. The book also includes Quick Buying Guides with the top bargains, the splurge wines that are truly worth the price, widely available wines with case productions of 20,000 or more, and buy-by-the-case picks, which ensure a grade of A- or higher, comprised of two or more scores.

The book is small enough to fit inside a purse or jacket pocket, and is full of credible, easy-to-use lists of great wines that won’t break the bank. After all, life’s too short—and there’s too much good wine out there—to waste time on the mediocre.