IMAGINATIVE WINES

IMAGINATIVE WINES

Oenophiles beware: Not everything you see in Robert Joseph's ''Good Wine Guide'' is drinkable.

Joseph, you see, has booby-trapped his annual guide each year for the past decade with what he calls a ''spoof entry'' among the many exotic and whimsical names, Reuters reports from London. Originally it was a technique to combat plagiarism. Now it's apparently a signature.''Given the presence in the book of genuine wines and grapes with names like Cakebread, Breaky Bottom and Bastardo, it was hard to know how outlandish the spoof ought to be,'' he said. ''So I tested by slipping the eucalyptus wines of the imaginary Australian Koahla Leep winery in among the genuine entries for Stag's Leap and Frog's Leap in California.''

He said a later entry was Mari and Tio Juana's de Roach vineyards.

But when it comes to the new edition, which was just published, you're on your own. Joseph's not saying.