James Beard Award Finalist, 2016Terrific Wine Spectator Engaging New York Times Hard to resist Boston Globe The underdog story of how the United States came to dominate fine wine From the author of The Audacity of Hops The History of Americas Craft Beer Revolution comes the triumphant tale of how America belted France from atop its centuries old pedestal as the worlds top wine producing and drinking nation Until the mid 1970s, American fine wine was an international also ran Then a series of events and a group of individuals changed everything forever This is that story All the big players and milestones are here, from the Judgment of Paris and the French Paradox to Julia Child and Robert Parker Told in a fast moving, engaging style free of wine jargon, it is the first of its kind a book focused solely on the rise of fine wine in the United States since the early 1960s, in California and elsewhere, and how that rise altered the way the world drinks for better or worse....
|Title||:||American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story|
|Publisher||:||Chicago Review Press September 1, 2015|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||561 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story Reviews
Just finished and found it good, but flawed. Author makes too many factual errors showing that his research was somewhat limited. Examples: He refers to Almaden as a Napa winery, it was not. He disparages Carignan as a poor quality grape, when it's actually pretty good when not grown in the San Joaquin Valley and irrigated to enormous yields. Grenache has the same issues.
I found myself skimming over several chapters while reading this. I always felt like the author was trying to include too much information without much success . The book feels disjointed, boring at times and forgettable. Would not recommend . Time not well spent .
This book was loaded with information. It picked up after the repeal of Prohibition instead of starting with the immigrant families that started the industry in the 1800's. That being said, it was very informative and I learned a lot. It is a great reference for any wine afficianado.
This is a readable and comprehensive story of American wine and its innovative winemakers and shakers. Each major step towards quality is described as well as the writers who inspired a move to quality wine rather than cheap bulk wines.
It was given as a gift.
The exquisite wine and it's history. Research time and devotion I truly gathered from reading this book. Informative with detailed turn of events from its beginning to what the wine industry has become in America. What amazed me to no end the people involved in America's wine history, their last name well renowned and still exist. You will read about Napa Valley boosters, wine pioneers, winemakers, Connoisseurs, successors to principal founders, innovations, etc. American and non-American to premium and super premium brands, fruit fanatic, now that is funny. So much information concerning 'wine' so much to absorb. I will not pretend to know a whole lot about that velvety liquid but I can tell you I was educated to know something about it. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
The book offered a lot of history and detail in a very organized, fast paced manner. While other books provide similar content, the author keeps the reader engaged by having brief chapters focusing on key aspects of American wine history.