Wine Wars

The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists

Author: Mike Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742568210

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 264

View: 9457

Writing with wit and verve, Mike Veseth (a.k.a. the Wine Economist) tells the compelling story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces. Veseth begins with the first force, globalization, which is shifting the center of the wine world as global wine markets provide enthusiasts with a rich but overwhelming array of choices. Two Buck Chuck, the second force, symbolizes the rise of branded products like the famous Charles Shaw wines sold in Trader Joe's stores. Branded corporate wines simplify the worldwide wine market and give buyers the confidence they need to make choices, but they also threaten to dumb down wine, sacrificing terroir to achieve marketable McWine reliability. Will globalization and Two Buck Chuck destroy the essence of wine? Perhaps, but not without a fight, Veseth argues. He counts on "the revenge of the terroirists" to save wine's soul. But it won't be easy as wine expands to exotic new markets such as China and the very idea of terroir is attacked by both critics and global climate change. Veseth has "grape expectations" that globalization, Two Buck Chuck, and the revenge of the terroirists will uncork a favorable future for wine in an engaging tour-de-force that will appeal to all lovers of wine, whether it be boxed, bagged, or bottled.
Posted in Business & Economics

Wine Wars

The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists

Author: Mike Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780742568204

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 255

View: 3457

Globalization has pushed back the borders of the wine world, creating a complex, interconnected market where Old World and New World wines and producers compete head to head. Writing with wit and verve, Mike Veseth (a.k.a. the Wine Economist) tells the compelling story of the war between the market forces that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. It is the battle for the future of wine—and even for its soul. The fight isn't just over bottles bought and sold, however; power and taste are also at stake. Who will call the shots in the wine market of the future? Who will set the price? Whose palate will prevail? Will it be Two Buck Chuck or tradition-steeped vintners? Veseth masterfully brings all of these questions together in the only book on the wine business written engagingly for all lovers of wine.
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Wine Wars

The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists

Author: Michael Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780742568198

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 255

View: 3707

Grape Expectations directly addresses the question of how globalization and market forces are changing the way wine is made, sold, consumed, and perceived. Globalization has pushed back the borders of the wine world, creating a complex inter-connected market where Old World and New World wines and producers compete head to head. The battle isn't just about bottles bought and sold, however, power and taste are also at stake. Who will call the shots in wine market of the future? Who will set the price? Whose palate will prevail? Whose idea of wine will reign supreme?
Posted in Business & Economics

Extreme Wine

Searching the World for the Best, the Worst, the Outrageously Cheap, the Insanely Overpriced, and the Undiscovered

Author: Mike Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442219246

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 9352

In Extreme Wine, wine economist and best-selling author Mike Veseth circles the globe searching for the best, worst, cheapest, most expensive, and most over-priced wines. Mike seeks out the most outrageous wine people and places and probes the biggest wine booms and busts. Along the way he applauds celebrity wines, tries to find wine at the movies, and discovers wines that are so scarce that they are almost invisible. Why go to such extremes? Because, Mike argues, the world of wine is growing and changing, and if you want to find out what’s really happening you can’t be afraid to step over the edge. Written with verve and appreciation for all things wine, Extreme Wine will surprise and delight readers.
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Authentic Wine

Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking

Author: Jamie Goode,Sam Harrop

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520265637

Category: Cooking

Page: 259

View: 4060

"Goode and Harrop are terroirists determined to protect and preserve wine as a unique part of civilized life. Authentic Wine is both stirring manifesto and a reasoned, practical guide. Vive les terroirists!"—Mike Veseth, author of Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists “Jamie Goode is a rarity in the wine world: a trained scientist who can explain complicated subjects without dumbing them down or coming over like a pointy head. It also helps that he’s a terrific writer with a real passion for his subject.”—Tim Atkin MW “It is not surprising that wine often stimulates the flow of bile - often exchanged between highly opinionated groups of wine writers, drinkers and kibbitzers, each with a different aesthetic and ideology. This book by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop mounts a passionate defense of "natural wine" from an utterly rational perspective. They make the case that we must choose to grow grapes and make wines in a natural way, allowing the wines to achieve the greatest expression of individuality, lest we drown in an a wine-dark (possibly over-extracted) sea of sameness.”--Randall Grahm, author of Been Doon So Long "Praise for Jamie Goode's The Science of Wine": “Mr. Goode has written one of the most enlightening and clearheaded wine books to appear in years. This is a wine book you’ll actually read and reread.”--Matt Kramer, New York Sun “Lively and provocative.”--Eric Asimov, New York Times “Goode’s readable prose makes even the most technical subjects accessible. For anyone interested in more than just drinking wine, this is a must read.”Wine Enthusiast
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American Wine Economics

An Exploration of the U.S. Wine Industry

Author: James Thornton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520957016

Category: Cooking

Page: 363

View: 7009

The U.S. wine industry is growing rapidly and wine consumption is an increasingly important part of American culture. American Wine Economics is intended for students of economics, wine professionals, and general readers who seek to gain a unified and systematic understanding of the economic organization of the wine trade. The wine industry possesses unique characteristics that make it interesting to study from an economic perspective. This volume delivers up-to-date information about complex attributes of wine; grape growing, wine production, and wine distribution activities; wine firms and consumers; grape and wine markets; and wine globalization. Thornton employs economic principles to explain how grape growers, wine producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers interact and influence the wine market. The volume includes a summary of findings and presents insights from the growing body of studies related to wine economics. Economic concepts, supplemented by numerous examples and anecdotes, are used to gain insight into wine firm behavior and the importance of contractual arrangements in the industry. Thornton also provides a detailed analysis of wine consumer behavior and what studies reveal about the factors that dictate wine-buying decisions.
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The Spirituality of Wine

Author: Gisela H. Kreglinger

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467445312

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 1725

In this book Gisela Kreglinger offers a fresh, holistic vision of the Christian life that sees God at work in all created things, including vineyards, the work of vintners, and the beauty of well-crafted wine shared with others around a table. Kreglinger begins by examining wine in the Bible, in the history of the church, and in the Lord’s Supper, and these reflections culminate in a theology of joy and feasting that celebrates the human senses as gifts for tasting the goodness of God. In the second part of the book Kreglinger brings Christian spirituality and the world of wine together in new ways, exploring such matters as technology and wine-crafting, the health benefits of wine, alcohol abuse, consumerism, and soul care. Her discussion is enriched by interviews with thirty vintners from around the world as well as her own experience growing up on a family winery in Bavaria.
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The Sober Revolution

Appellation Wine and the Transformation of France

Author: Joseph Bohling

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501716069

Category: History

Page: 306

View: 5386

Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne. The names of these and other French regions bring to mind time-honored winemaking practices. Yet the link between wine and place, in French known as terroir, was not a given. In The Sober Revolution, Joseph Bohling inverts our understanding of French wine history by revealing a modern connection between wine and place, one with profound ties to such diverse and sometimes unlikely issues as alcoholism, drunk driving, regional tourism, Algeria’s independence from French rule, and integration into the European Economic Community. In the 1930s, cheap, mass-produced wines from the Languedoc region of southern France and French Algeria dominated French markets. Artisanal wine producers, worried about the impact of these "inferior" products on the reputation of their wines, created a system of regional appellation labeling to reform the industry in their favor by linking quality to the place of origin. At the same time, the loss of Algeria, once the world’s largest wine exporter, forced the industry to rethink wine production. Over several decades, appellation producers were joined by technocrats, public health activists, tourism boosters, and other dynamic economic actors who blamed cheap industrial wine for hindering efforts to modernize France. Today, scholars, food activists, and wine enthusiasts see the appellation system as a counterweight to globalization and industrial food. But, as The Sober Revolution reveals, French efforts to localize wine and integrate into global markets were not antagonistic but instead mutually dependent. The time-honored winemaking practices that we associate with a pastoral vision of traditional France were in fact a strategy deployed by the wine industry to meet the challenges and opportunities of the post-1945 international economy. France’s luxury wine producers were more market savvy than we realize.
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Wine and Place

A Terroir Reader

Author: Tim Patterson,John Buechsenstein,Nancy Freeman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520277007

Category: Cooking

Page: 336

View: 3447

The concept of terroir is one of the most celebrated and controversial subjects in wine today. Most will agree that well-made wine has the capacity to express “somewhereness,” a set of consistent aromatics, flavors, or textures that amount to a signature expression of place. But for every advocate there is a skeptic, and for every writer singing praises related to terroir there is a study or a detractor seeking to debunk terroir as a myth. Wine and Place examines terroir using a multitude of voices and multiple points of view—from science to literature, from winemakers to wine critics—seeking not to prove its veracity but to explore its pros, its cons, and its other aspects. This comprehensive anthology lets the reader come to one's own conclusion about terroir.
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A Toast to Bargain Wines

How Innovators, Iconoclasts, and Winemaking Revolutionaries Are Changing the Way the World Drinks

Author: George M. Taber

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439195188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 311

View: 9283

Teaches how to choose wines based on personal preference, and explores how the bargain wine industry has thrived in today's challenged economy, drawing on sources to provide background information and top recommendations.
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The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating

A Reader

Author: James L. Watson,Melissa L. Caldwell

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631230922

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 4515

The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating offers an ethnographically informed perspective on the ways in which people use food to make sense of life in an increasingly interconnected world. Uses food as a central idiom for teaching about culture and addresses broad themes such as globalization, capitalism, market economies, and consumption practices Spanning 5 continents, features studies from 11 countries—Japan, China, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, Burkina Faso, Chile, Trinidad, Mexico, and the United States Offers discussion of such hot topics as sushi, fast food, gourmet foods, and food scares and contamination
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Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

The Complete Guide

Author: Mike Desimone,Jeff Jenssen

Publisher: Sterling Publishing (NY)

ISBN: 9781402786259

Category: Cooking

Page: 580

View: 302

The southern hemisphere is fast becoming the hottest source of delicious, affordable wine--and this is the first book to focus entirely on this bourgeoning industry. Created by the renowned “World Wine Guys,” Wines of the Southern Hemisphere provides the latest information on the best wineries in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, and Uruguay. In addition, the guide features interviews with top winemakers and recipes to pair with their wines.
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Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing

Author: Mark A. Matthews

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520276957

Category: Cooking

Page: 328

View: 2282

"Matthews brings a scientist's skepticism and scrutiny to widely held ideas and beliefs about viticulture--often promulgated by people who have not tried to grow grapes for a living--and subjects them to critical examination: Is terroir primarily a marketing ploy that obscures our understanding of which environments really produce the best wine? Can grapevines that yield a high berry crop generate wines of high quality? What does it mean to have vines that are balanced or grapes that are fully mature? Do biodynamic practices violate biological principles? These and other questions will be addressed in a book that could alternatively be titled (in homage to a PUP bestseller) On Wine Bullshit"--Provided by publisher.
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French Wine Châteaux

Distinctive Vintages and Their Estates

Author: Alain Stella,Daniel Rondeau

Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor

ISBN: 2080201379

Category: Cooking

Page: 276

View: 9905

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stunning estates run by some of France's most prestigious and long-standing vineyards. Hennessy, Mo�t & Chandon, Dom P�rignon, Mercier, Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Ch�teau d'Yquem, Cheval Blanc; across the world these names are synonymous with prestige, secrets passed down from generation to generation, and above all the genius of French wine production. It is a little known fact that these producers, which together comprise the Mo�t Hennessy group, were never satisfied with simply striving to make the best Cognac, Champagne, Sauternes, or Saint- Emilion. In reality, ever since they were founded, they have all been committed to creating a marketplace in which French products such as these are regarded as a crowning jewel. And so, in order to entertain in style, these legendary institutions have constructed beautiful estates. Guests are often treated to a meal, comprising dishes which subtly complement and ultimately intensify the experience of tasting the sought-after libations. Stunning countryside surroundings, beautiful interior design, a friendly atmosphere, and often contemporary art all have a role to play in entertaining guests; which means that today's eminent designers and architects also contribute to these exquisite locales. This volume is an invitation to discover the magic of these beautiful retreats, and the institutions behind them.
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Wine and War

The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

Author: Donald Kladstrup,Petie Kladstrup

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 9780767913256

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 6760

The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. "To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine." –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Author: Vicente Blasco Ibanez

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849648532

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 5553

Many authors have seen the Great War through the eyes of their own country. Senor Ibanez seems to see it through eyes that are world-wide in their sweep and with a mind that is very human and pitiful in its comprehension of the suffering and the heroism. 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' is a great novel, one of the three of four outstanding novels of the war. It is rich and varied in scene, human in its characterizations, interesting throughout, and, above all, refreshingly straightforward and conclusive on the subject of the Germans and their methods of warfare.
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The Ghost of Freedom

A History of the Caucasus

Author: Charles King

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195177754

Category: History

Page: 291

View: 5638

" ... The first general history of the modern Caucasus, stretching from the beginning of Russian imperial expansion up to rise of new countries after the Soviet Union's collapse."--Cover.
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Around the World in Eighty Wines

Exploring Wine One Country at a Time

Author: Mike Veseth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442257377

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

View: 8206

Inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale, celebrated editor-in-chief of The Wine Economist Mike Veseth takes his readers Around the World in Eighty Wines. The journey starts in London, Phileas Fogg’s home base, and follows Fogg’s itinerary to France and Italy before veering off in search of compelling wine stories in Syria, Georgia, and Lebanon. Every glass of wine tells a story, and so each of the eighty wines must tell an important tale. We head back across Northern Africa to Algeria, once the world’s leading wine exporter, before hopping across the sea to Spain and Portugal. We follow Portuguese trade routes to Madeira and then South Africa with a short detour to taste Kenya’s most famous Pinot Noir. Kenya? Pinot Noir? Really! The route loops around, visiting Bali, Thailand, and India before heading north to China to visit Shangri-La. Shangri-La? Does that even exist? It does, and there is wine there. Then it is off to Australia, with a detour in Tasmania, which is so cool that it is hot. The stars of the Southern Cross (and the title of a familiar song) guide us to New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina. We ride a wine train in California and rendezvous with Planet Riesling in Seattle before getting into fast cars for a race across North America, collecting more wine as we go. Pause for lunch in Virginia to honor Thomas Jefferson, then it’s time to jet back to London to tally our wines and see what we have learned. Why these particular places? What are the eighty wines and what do they reveal? And what is the surprise plot twist that guarantees a happy ending for every wine lover? Come with us on a journey of discovery that will inspire, inform, and entertain anyone who loves travel, adventure, or wine.
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A Cultural History of Alcohol

Author: Iain Gately

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440631269

Category: Cooking

Page: 560

View: 890

A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day. Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.
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A Splendid Exchange

How Trade Shaped the World

Author: William J. Bernstein

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843548034

Category: Commerce

Page: 467

View: 2217

Traces the evolution of international trade, from ancient Mesopotamia to today's global marketplace, exploring the influence of commerce on agriculture, technology, politics, and civilization as a whole.
Posted in Commerce