Inventing Wine by Paul Lukacs
A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures

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10 Critic Reviews

A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

"Meticulously researched history…look[s] at how wine and Western civilization grew up together." —Dave McIntyre, Washington Post


Because science and technology have opened new avenues for vintners, our taste in wine has grown ever more diverse. Wine is now the subject of careful chemistry and global demand. Paul Lukacs recounts the journey of wine through history—how wine acquired its social cachet, how vintners discovered the twin importance of place and grape, and how a basic need evolved into a realm of choice.

 

About Paul Lukacs

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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.
 
Published October 21, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 385 pages
Genres: History, Cooking, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Inventing Wine
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 03 2012

A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by NPR on Nov 29 2012

The book is filled with surprising facts about the drink.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Paul W. Jameson on Dec 03 2012

Especially in the earlier, less documented eras, some of his conclusions seem to be inspired guesswork.

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Dallas News

Good
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Dec 21 2012

Just as her favorite wines are good to the last drop, according to my wife, Lukacs’ book is good to the last page.

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The Boston Globe

Below average
Reviewed by Matthew Price on Dec 31 2012

“Inventing Wine” may not be the most elegantly written book in the world­ — the prose is a little stuffy.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Carlo DeVito on Dec 11 2012

Lukacs blends it all beautifully.

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pbpulse.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Lynn Kalber on Dec 11 2012

Pack this up with a bottle of your favorite vino and it’s a gift that will last for a while.

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Capital Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Marquardt on Dec 26 2012

We just found this history interesting and thank Paul Lukacs for telling us about it.

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International Wine Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Donald Winkler on Dec 01 2012

It weaves all the various facets of wine history into a coherent and very entertaining whole.

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Good
Reviewed by Dave McIntyre on Nov 30 2012

Lukacs is most compelling when he describes wine’s modern evolution.

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