Whether or not Philip Wagner is remembered for his earlier book American Wines and How to Make Them. will be of little importance in the success of this as an economical and expertly written analysis, not only to wine but of the history of our wines. As a wine grower himself, in Maryland, Mr. Wagner knows that he is talking about and how to write of it intriguingly. After a definitive chapter on wines and the grape which reveals America as a natural grape country with an admirable wine making heritage from Europe, we come to the matter at hand-American wine itself. Full explanations follow on the best locations on the east and west coasts, on the anatomy of the grape, on necessary equipment for establishing a vineyard and making one's own wine. The suggestions offered are for making small quantities of wine but even professionals could profit from the techniques. There are also ample details as to the qualities and characters of wines, good and bad- red, white and sparkling, and at the last, an appreciation of wine with meals sensibly points up a real pleasure.