Inventing Wine: A New History Of One Of The World's Most Ancient Pleasures

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Inventing Wine: A New History Of One Of The World's Most Ancient Pleasures

by Paul Lukacs

WW Norton | October 22, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Not yet rated | write a review
Because science and technology have opened new avenues for vintners, our taste in wine has grown ever more diverse. Wine is now the subject of careful chemistry and global demand. Paul Lukacs recounts the journey of wine through history—how wine acquired its social cachet, how vintners discovered the twin importance of place and grape, and how a basic need evolved into a realm of choice.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.3 × 5.55 × 0.9 in

Published: October 22, 2013

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393347079

ISBN - 13: 9780393347074

Found in: Beverages

save 13%

  • In stock online

$16.38  ea

Online Price

$18.00 List Price

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Inventing Wine: A New History Of One Of The World's Most Ancient Pleasures

by Paul Lukacs

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.3 × 5.55 × 0.9 in

Published: October 22, 2013

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393347079

ISBN - 13: 9780393347074

From the Publisher

Because science and technology have opened new avenues for vintners, our taste in wine has grown ever more diverse. Wine is now the subject of careful chemistry and global demand. Paul Lukacs recounts the journey of wine through history—how wine acquired its social cachet, how vintners discovered the twin importance of place and grape, and how a basic need evolved into a realm of choice.

About the Author

Paul Lukacs is the author of American Vintage and The Great Wines of America. A James Beard, Cliquot, and IACP award winner, he has been writing about wine and its cultural contexts for nearly twenty years. He is a professor of English at Loyola University of Maryland, where he directs the University''s Center for the Humanities. He lives in Baltimore.

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating.” — Eric Asimov (New York Times)

“Lukacs, well aware that his subject is often clouded with pretense, writes with an eye for pungent detail.” — The New Yorker

“Thoughtful and provocative, this book shows that the history of wine is as complex as the history of human society.” — Esther Mobley (Wine Enthusiast)

“Rather than an eternal cultural verity, wine is the product of innovative discontinuities, according to this flavorful history.... [Lukacs’s] absorbing treatise shows just how much the grape’s bounty owes to human ingenuity and imagination.” — Publishers Weekly

“Noted American oenophile Lukacs tells the story of wine over eight millenniums and around the globe. Themes of interest to oenophiles, from wine’s longtime disrepute in North America to England’s love affair with Bordeaux, and fascinating details—for instance, the unearthing of 26 casks of wine in King Tut’s tomb—heighten the pleasure of this engrossing narrative. A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.” — Kirkus Reviews

“In highly readable prose, Lukacs tells the story of winemaking’s worldwide history, recounting such ever-fascinating stories as the discovery of champagne and the creation of phenomenally unctuous and costly wines from what appear to be overripe, rotten grapes.” — Booklist