Gateway to Wine


233 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-919571-00-X




Edited by By the editors of Wine Tidings
Reviewed by Toby Rupert

Toby Rupert was a librarian living in Toronto.


This is a collection of some of the “best” writings from Wine Tidings, which started life as the newsletter of the Opimian Society, a wine-buying club. Some original pieces of writing have been constructed to tie together these reprinted articles. Indeed, many of the features were updated by the authors especially for this anthology.

Articles cover the expected countries and areas (France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and California), along with sketch maps and information on how wine is made and produced. There are some technical articles as well, dealing with storage, serving, tasting, wine and food, and the various vintages. And there are some articles of interest to Canadians: one on the Canadian liquor laws and how they evolved, and another on grape varieties as they are found in Canada. But there is nothing on the style of wine being produced in Niagara today. A useful glossary closes the book.


“Gateway to Wine,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 21, 2024,