A Jeroboam of Collectibles

Reading for wine lovers on everything from bargain Cabernets to hijacking Gunny-Bunnys

In Bordeaux, Burgundy and Tuscany, 1993 was an iffy year for winemaking, thanks to preharvest rains. That's the bad news for oenophiles. The good news is that 1993 has been a vintage year for books about their favorite beverage, with several volumes that qualify as collectibles.

Although it costs as much as a bottle of Perrier-Jouet brut, many wine lovers will consider the new (third) edition of Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide (Simon & Schuster; $40) an indispensable purchase. The nation's pre-eminent guru of grape, Robert M. Parker Jr., is writer-publisher of a plain-as-plonk (no ads, no pictures) bimonthly newsletter, The Wine...

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