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Three new books answer just about any question you might ask about wine.

Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2010 (Mitchell Beazley) is in its 33rd research-rich edition and still as useful and engaging a guide as ever, from a new supplement on South African wines to current news on 6,000 wines.

Is This Bottle Corked? The Secret Life of Wine (Harmony) by Kathleen Burk and Michael Bywater is a lively, fascinating collection of trivia (what wine Jane Austen recommended for heartache) and tips (why you should put that red in the refrigerator).

Wine All-in-One for Dummies (Dummies/Wiley) is an all-purpose primer that combines five Dummies books, those on wine, French wine, Italian wine, California wine, and Australian and New Zealand wines.

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