In Vino Veritas, And Advice

If you find it intimidating to talk to the wine experts at certain wine shops and restaurants, you may eventually be able to ignore them and go right to the horse's mouth. Well, the bottle's mouth is more like it.

Reuters news service tells us of a new Italian company that plans to unveil later this year a microchip-embedded bottle that will tell would-be consumer everything they need to know about what's inside -- lineage, pricing, food pairing, etc.

Company owner Daniele Barontini said the chip is activated by a device about the size of a cigarette pack and "it could tell you ... everything you'd hear from a sommelier."

On the Book Shelf -- Carb-conscious drinkers may want to check out a new book called "The Low-Carb Bartender: Carb Counts for Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks and More" (Adams Media, $9.95). We'll save you the money if you only want to know the bottom line: Virtually all distilled beverages have zero carbs, or close to it.

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