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

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  13 reviews
After reading this intriguing book, a glass of wine will be more than hints of blackberries or truffles on the palate. 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 c ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published July 14th 2008 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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An entertaining bagatelle, without a doubt. Not deep, and not particularly wide, Mr. Colman provides an overview of the economics of the wine industry, focusing on Napa Valley and Bordeaux, with references to other wine regions as appropriate. For the novice wine drinker, its a good introduction to how wine gets from vineyard to winestore. Moderate to experienced wine drinkers will find much of this familiar territory, but regardless of one's experience, a previously unencountered anecdote, piec ...more
Aditi Gupta
A very intriguing book which provides insights into the politics that is involved within the wine industry alongside detailed account of history wine and regions.
Tyler has a great blog, and I was thrilled to see this book on A great read, quick, well written, and informative. Tirelessly researched, Colman's work really gives you an interesting insight into the political underpinnings and backgrounds to the contemporary wine (and alcohol) industry. That being said, I would have liked to see a little more controversial topics dealt with and criticized, especially the ugly three-tier system, globalization, and labor disputes. (I'd say I wish Col ...more
A truly interesting historical look at the political forces behind wine developments in France and North America.
This book briefly reviews those factors that affect the wine getting to our glass whether it be the antiquated, Prohibition-era distribution laws or the reviews of wine critics. Though interesting and useful, I wanted more meat. This book hovers between catering to those who know nothing about the economic side of wine and those that know some, but it doesn't really address either. This book attempted to be academic, but ended up really just being a review of what affects our consumption of wine ...more
Karen Verdier
You'll sip your wine with more respect after reading the intrigue behind the noble grape.
This book reads more like a series of academic papers than a book; there's not much of a thread tying things together. Some good info here about the history of appellations in France and the US, but I left wanting something more. The subtitle is a bit misleading; those topics are touched on, but only briefly, and again without a real thread tying them together.
Thomas Moses
Starts with too much history, but the post-WW2 information is fascinating. Disappointed to find out how easily others can control the consumer, but the small independent wine makers have given us a glimmer of hope. Great contrast between US and French wine making.
Jun 15, 2009 Ivory rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wine lovers!
I enjoyed this book very much. A well-written introduction to the structure of the wine industry in France and the United States, and the influences (internal and external) on that industry.
Interesting historical stuff, and good explanations, but much of it won't be surprising to anyone with anything resembling a poli sci/econ/public choice theory/law background
Loved it. Lots of info, focusing on the different histories and politics and their consequences for both the French and the Californian wine industries.
Seemed more like an encyclopedia than a book I didn't make it that far into this.
Tedious but edificating. Or edumacting. Or whatever.
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