Wines of the World
Wines of the World (Multicom) is divided into four basic sections – Wine Appreciation, Wine Quality, Wine Regions, and a database of more than 28,000 bottles. The information is presented in easily comprehensible form, and the friendly attitude evidenced by the writing and videos encourages exploration. The database is quite a bit larger than the one in the Microsoft Wine Guide (Microsoft Corp.), although there is still room for improvement – many wine books contain twice as many entries, if not more. But for a beginner, it’s plenty, and this disc seems primarily aimed at beginners. We wish the videos, particularly those on tasting, were more thoughtfully presented. While you have the option of viewing the videos in any order, they make little sense unless you follow the order shown, which cuts down on your ability to zoom in on areas of particular interest. Also problematic was an interface that feels unfinished – while the program looks great at the outset, the deeper you go the more spartan it becomes. Using this title is a little like drinking wine out of a paper cup – it’ll get you where you want to go, but without much style.
– November 1995