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Inventing wine : a new history of one of the world's most ancient pleasures

Author: Paul Lukacs
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This work describes the eight thousand year history of wine, chronicling the changes that have taken place in preparation and taste as the ancient world gave way to the scientific, industrial, social, and ideological revolutions of modern times. It tells the story of how wine, as enjoyed by millions of people today, came into existence. Drinking wine can be traced back 8,000 years, yet the wines we drink today are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lukacs
ISBN: 9780393064520 0393064522
OCLC Number: 783162531
Description: xv, 350 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: God's gifts : wine in ancient worlds --
Worldly goods : wine through the Middle Ages --
Particular tastes : new wines and new challenges --
Battling air and bottling stars : inventing early modern wines --
New tastes and traditions : wine's first golden age --
Crises and catastrophes : a century of cheapening --
Recovery and revival : European wine's second golden age --
Visions and varietals : the wine revolution comes to the New World --
Globalization and specialization : wine moves into the new millennium.
Responsibility: Paul Lukacs.

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"Paul Lukacs's research is methodical, his content thorough and his prose vivid...There are...original ideas here, which place the history of wine in a fascinating social and cultural context of Read more...

 
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