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American Vintage: The Rise of American Wine
by Paul Lukacs
How did a country with no winemaking traditions of its own suddenly become a world leader? Paul Lukacs offers a full history, from seventeenth-century experiments to the fall of wine during the dark days of Prohibition through its remarkably rapid upswing in recent decades. The tale is replete with quirky heroes and visionaries who changed the course of wine history: from ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published November 17th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 2000)
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Sep 13, 2013 J.P. Bary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wine lovers and U.S. history buffs
Recommended to J.P. by: Paul Kastin
It wouldn’t be a surprise to find that the first definitive history of wine production in the United States had been written by a British author. This isn’t so much because American wine writers spill so much of their ink on European wines or even because British wine books have been as successful an export to North America as French and Italian wines, but because the British reverence for history exceeds even their appreciation for wine. Another quality we might look for in a British author is ...more
It's a quickie ... the kind of book you feel no guilt about skimming. Some interesting history on pre-prohibition wine as well as wine directly after prohibition when the cultural perception of wine was basically that it was booze (i.e. "winos"). Not a profound book by any means, but one that gives you hope about the future of American winemaking.
Great coverage about the history of the wine industry in the US, both pre-prohibition and post. Good blend of the business issues, with a few "personalities" thrown in. Excellent reading for those wanting to know how the American wine industry finally got beyond jug wine. Good writing style, too.
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.More about Paul Lukacs...