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In Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs chronicles wine’s transformation from a source of sustenance to a consciously pursued pleasure, in the process offering a new way to view the present as well as the past.
God's Gifts: Wine in Ancient Worlds 1
Worldly Goods: Wine through the Middle Ages 34
Particular Tastes: New Wines and New Challenges 66
Battling Air and Bottling Stars: Inventing Early Modern Wines 95
New Tastes and Traditions: Wine's First Golden Age 127
Crises and Catastrophes: A Century of Cheapening 167
Recovery and Revival: European Wine's Second Golden Age 202
Visions and Varietals: The Wine Revolution Comes to the New World 239
Globalization and Specialization: Wine Moves into the New Millennium 278
Posted January 12, 2013
I found Paul Lukacs's book booringly repetitive. What he says could have been writtten in a 75 page term paper. It appears with all the errors in punctuation and text that his editors were on vacation. Summary: Ancient, even 19th centurn wine was "sour" since people did not understand how to preserve wine. If he had used the word "sour" one more time, I would have thrown a bottle at him. Readers may enjoy the last chapter, but the rest is plonk.
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