Berkshire House's Great Destinations wine guides may not be coffee table beautiful, but they're crammed with info critical to traveling oenophiles. Look for the revised Eastern States guide and the Sonoma and Napa edition ($17.95 each).
Cucina alla Coppola
With his soon-to-open San Francisco food and wine shop, Rosso & Bianco (916 Kearny St.), legendary director and Napa winemaker Francis Ford Coppola adds "retailer" to his long list of credits.
Wine of the Month:
The 1998 Thelema Sauvignon Blanc ($18), from a leading South African producer, is exuberantly fresh and very well balanced.