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History of Wine Words: An Intoxicating Dictionary of Etymology and Word Histories of Wine, Vine, and Grape from the Vineyard, Glass, and Bottle Paperback – March 25, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: P2Peak Press (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098112240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981122403
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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History of Wine Words by Charles Hodgson ... the most interesting and useful quick read since A Wine Miscellany by Graham Harding, Wine Words is a terrifically fascinating book on where our wine words come from.

For anybody that has read this blog for longer than a week knows, I am a non-fiction book wonk, and a big fan of understanding context to the world around me. For the erudite wine enthusiast who loves to banter about wine administrivia in a manner that is more spirited Cliff Claven and not aloof elitism, this is your book.With History of Wine Words, he has written a book that should settle scores of wine bar bets for years to come. Set-up dictionary style, and indexed for quick access, History of Wine Words, for example, explores that mysterious punt of a bottle and explains:

... The name appeared in English in 1862, only one year after the word kick was used to describe the same bottle feature. The best guess as to why this indentation might be called a punt is that an instrument used to make bottles was also called a punt or a pontil. It was an iron bar ... used to hold the molten glass blob as it was being formed into a bottle. As such, it left a scar on the finished bottle that was often ground off, leaving a slight indentation.

The book is chock full of these nuggets. Take Sangria for example. The book notes:

The name of the famous Spanish wine punch literally means "bleeding," which likely refers to the color imparted by red wine ... the word didn't appear in English with the Spanish spelling until 1961, but sangaree was first cited in 1736 as the name of a popular if lowbrow punch.

Having History of Wine Words in your wine library is money well spent and that $5 is easily earned back at the next wine bar when you make a trivia bet with a friend, the knowledge you've gained and tucked away, ready to earn you a glass of wine. --Jeff Lefevere, American Wine Blog Award winning GoodGrape.com

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If it's a wine book, I'm going to find room on my shelves for it. I'm addicted to books ... I still love to see, read, smell, and feel books. I love carrying them with me where ever I go.

If it's well written, I want it to be well read ... so, my new addition to my wine library, which will be treasured as all of my other books ... History of Wine Words is not only a fabulous body of work for its quick sound bytes, but it's also an important body of work by Charles Hodgson, because it brings so many new concepts to its readers that we might have otherwise missed in our pursuit of wine knowledge. It's one that you'll find yourself wanting to curl up with in a hammock, just thumbing through the pages as you wile away the non-scripted hours of your busy life.

As far as I'm concerned, everyone who falls into the "wine book lover" category, wants to have History of Wine Words gracing your shelves, too... Most especially if you're a researcher and/or writer. This book will quickly open up new worlds for you. After 16 years of being in the wine business, studying it, writing about it, enjoy all that it has to offer, I'm very clear on what this wine world is all about. It's an ever opening lotus. One step leads to the next experience, and the next, and the next... always developing your skill, understanding, and performance.

I agree with the sub title of this book, "An Intoxicating Dictionary of Etymology and Word Histories from the Vineyard, Glass, and Bottle." It is intoxicating, and it covers all things "wine

Here's a tidbit from the book; something I would never have known had I not read it in this book. To know this, I would have had to had traveled to this region... Which I'd love to do, but it's not on my calendar any time soon: Orvieto These wines are named for the Italian town near which they are produced. The town's name comes from the contraction of the Latin name Urbs Vetus, meaning "old town"; there had been a settlement there since Etruscan times. T his book totally intrigues me, because I find language compelling. It's a perfect book for people who think in sound bytes, or for wanting to snag a new thought to use as a conversation opener at a party, instead of using the old classic, "So, what's your sign?"


More About the Author

Charles has a checkered history: engineering, whitewater canoeing, space hardware, skate-skiing, military electronics, environmentalism, dot-com management, writer and logophile.

It's his long time love of words (that's what logophile means) that led
him to become an author and also to create podictionary - the podcast for word lovers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grammar Girl on June 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a fascinating romp through the English language on the premise of examining words about wine. I loved Charles Hodgson's audiobook "Global Wording," and this new book didn't disappoint me.

Pick up a copy and learn how the word "scuttlebutt" is related to wine, and why the word "binge" arose to explain overdrinking before it was applied to other things such as overeating. Those are just a few of the fascinating tidbits you'll gobble up. (Or should I say "drink in"?)
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Charles Hodgson's History of Wine Words: An Intoxicating Dictionary of Etymology and Word Histories from the Vineyard, Glass and Bottle is a unique type of wine book. His focus is not on wine or wineries but on the origins of words related to wine.

History of Words has three basic categories including locations/regions, grape varietals and winemaking. While I have not read the book from page to page, I have enjoyed browsing a large selection of the words. It is interesting that many of the words are so commonplace today that one doesn't think about the development of the word. History of Wine Words does not cover every associated wine word. Hodgson has done his best to select words that he believes are of interest to people. Therefore while you find "maceration," you won't find "riddling."

The only word I discovered that I was disappointed in was "toast." Hodgson refers to only one connotation of the word "toast" - the offering of a toast to someone. Nowhere in the discussion does he mention barrel "toast."

With so many wine books on the market, History of Wine Words, makes an unusual addition to your collection. This book may appeal to the etymologist and wine lover. It is also a good conversation starter.

Cheers! Kathy
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I was initially intrigued by the book title and description but upon reading it I was greatly disappointed. I felt like that there was some valuable information that could be used but, it also felt as if the author was reaching for some miniscule connection to the words to be defined. (Some almost far fetched--this is where I feel the author failed to execute what could have ultimately turned out to be an enriching book to read...So, it is an okay book but the cost was more than what I would like to have paid for the contents within the book...
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By N. SKINAS on August 31, 2009
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History of Wine Words is a great book for wine and word lovers. Charles Hodgson has collected wine related words with interesting history. Next time you have some of your favorite varietal of wine, you will have a little bit of word origin to share with others.
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By Ella Mar on April 28, 2009
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Length: 7:11 Mins
An interview with the author of HISTORY OF WINE WORDS
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