Vendange Press

About the Book

About the Author

The Preface

Sample Pages
Wine Myths and Reality

I growing grapes
1 The Spread of the Grapevine
2 Cultivating the Vineyard
3 The Mystique of Terroir
4 Vintage Variation and Global Warming

II making wine
5 Turning Grape Juice into Wine
6 The Alchemist's Delight
7 A Thousand Cultivars Bloom

III the world market
8 Global Wine Trends
9 The International Wine Trade
10 Fraud and Scandal

IV the New World
11 North America: The Varietal Engine

12 Australia & New Zealand: Pushing The Envelope
13 Up And Coming in the Southern Hemisphere?

V the Old World
14 Bordeaux and Burgundy: Classic Rivals

15 Three Parts of Gaul: North, Rhône, and Languedoc
16 Italy: Cool North and Hot South
17 The Iberian Peninsula
18 The Hapsburg Empire: Driving on Sugar
19 From Aperitif to Dessert
20 Truth in Labeling
8 Global Wine Trends
From Plonk to Cult Wines

A Faithful Follower of Fashion
The Eggheads of Oenology
Flying Winemakers and Globalization
The Most Powerful Critic in the World
International Brands: Sourcing Wine
Packaging the Product
Taxation: Extortion or Distortion?
The Fanatics of Prohibition
Save your Heart or Sacrifice your Liver?
9 The International Wine Trade
Choose your Tipple
Inequality of Supply And Demand
Crisis in Europe: the Rise of the New World
Boom and Bust in the Vineyards
The Price of Everything
The Supermarket Crunch
The Great Wine Agglomeration
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em
The Bootleggers' Heritage
The Unequal Equation of Supply and Demand
10 Fraud and Scandal
Plumbing the Depths

Red, Red Wine
Why Is Antifreeze Delicious?
A Spoonful of Sugar
You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Choice
The Scandal of the Century
Thomas Jefferson Was Here