Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasuresby Paul Lukacs
Wine is some 8,000 years old, but the wines that people buy and drink today are for the most part quite new. Modern wine exists as the product of multiple revolutions—scientific, industrial, social, even ideological. Though the same basic chemical substance as its ancient forebear, it is in every other respect very different. Contemporary wines both taste unlike those from earlier eras and are valued in novel ways. For many thousands of years, wine was a basic need. Today it is a cultural choice, and the reasons why millions of people choose it tells us as much about them as about the contents of bottle or glass.
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.
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Meet the Author
Paul Lukacs writes regularly about wine for the Washington Times and is chair of the English department at Loyola College in Maryland. He lives in Baltimore.
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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.
I enjoyed it very much. As a novice wanting to learn more, the cultural and historical context provided about the evolution of wine consumption was very valuable to me.