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

Mike Veseth. Rowman & Littlefield, $24.95 (244p) ISBN 978-0-7425-6819-8
In a book at turns fascinating and frustrating, political economist and blogger Veseth examines the wine world and analyzes its historical and present-day factors from the small to the large along with their potential impact on wine's future. He structures his overall argument into three major "flights," or selection of wines for tasting, the first being the effects of globalization. Looking at expansionist politics and economics, he examines retailing policies in domestic markets such as England, Germany, and the U.S. Veseth turns to the wine drinking market and its evolution, and the ever-expanding influence of wine criticism on both in the face of the rapid changes in bulk production. The last part of his analysis looks at terroir and the potential effect of climate change. While Veseth's analysis is provocative, he often takes a tone that is all too clever, such as following each "flight," or tasting argument, with additional enological evidence to support his argument. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/25/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
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