Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink / Edition 1

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Written by the author of the popular, award-winning website, Wine Politics exposes a little-known but extremely influential aspect of the wine business-the politics behind it. Tyler Colman systematically explains how politics affects what we can buy, how much it costs, how it tastes, what appears on labels, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this economic history of vino, writer, teacher and blogger Colman explains how the wines we drink-that is to say, the bottles that wind up on the shelves and on our tables-are shaped by politics: "not only which grapes grow where, what can be written on the label, which wines are exported or imported, which wines are available in local stores, and how much a wine costs, but, perhaps most importantly... affects the quality of the wine in the bottle." Colman focuses on two of the biggest producer nations in the world, France and the United States, comparing the hold each has had on the industry. In France, vines grew abundantly and consumption became a national tradition, but Americans have been trying to grow wine grapes for at least 400 years-and have really been successful only in the past 40. The author also examines the significance of terroir, wine critics and distribution networks, the alcohol laws of different states (some dating back to Prohibition) and other factors complicating the relationship between those who make wine and those who want to drink it. By exploring these and other crucial concerns, Colman provides an enlightening volume on a complex topic.
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Bloomberg News - John Mariani

“Contain(s) so much history, data and anecdotes in a highly readable 144 pages.”
Journal Of Wine Economics

“It is the kind of book a wine economist would want to read and gift as a gift to friends. ”
Times Higher Ed Sup (Thes)

“Exposes a little-known but influential aspect of the wine business: the politics behind it.”
Gastronomica: Journal Of Food & Culture

“A fascinating and fast-paced ride. . . . His accomplishment is remarkable.”
Good Wine Under $20

‘A delight to read with its clear prose and fluid style.”

“I'm not aware of any other single volume that pulls so many strands of research and analysis together in such a readable package.’
Jrnl Of World History - Philip Whalen

“Succinct and up-to-date. . . . Recommended.”
Chicago Tribune

Serious and provocative
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520267886
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 956,699
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tyler Colman teaches wine classes at New York University and the University of Chicago. He contributed to the third edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine and his articles have appeared in Food & Wine and Wine & Spirits.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

List of Sidebars xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

1 What Is Wine Politics? 1

2 Soil and Society 7

3 Authenticating Origins 37

4 Baptists and Bootleggers 67

5 Who Controls Your Palate? 103

6 Greens, Gripes, and Grapes 125

7 Celebrating Diversity 145

Notes 149

Bibliography 167

Index 173

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