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The Vineyard at the End of the World: Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec Kindle Edition

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“Mount’s impressive history… provides ample regional and global color in a lively addition to wine literature.” — Publishers Weekly

“Gracefully interweaves history and geography with the harder sciences of agriculture, geography, and chemistry to tell a fascinating story.” — Katie Tuttle (Boston Globe)

“This well-informed chronicle captures the distinctive nature of winemaking in a country challenged by an unforgiving climate and political and economic instability.” — Kirkus Reviews

“An artfully written story of how a poorly developed wine culture grew into one of the best wine regions in the world… This engaging, important, and accessible book fills a gap in the literature of wine culture and history.” — Lisa Ennis (Library Journal)

“[]… excels at telling the personal stories of struggling and speculation.” — Wine Spectator

“A definite must-read for Malbec drinkers everywhere, and Argentine wine fans.” — Lettie Teague (Wall Street Journal "On Wine" Blog)

About the Author

Ian Mount has written about wine for the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, and other publications. He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  • File Size: 1769 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393344177
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LW5KEI
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MattyC on February 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like all of the best books of its kind, The Vineyard at the End of the World interprets a narrow subject - in this case the history of the Argentine wine industry over five centuries, with a particular focus on the last three decades - for a broad audience. While it's clearly the best book about Argentine wine on the market, it's not a wine book per se: Mount is a journalist not a sommelier, and his nose has been trained to sniff out good stories, not good years.

That's not to say Mount glosses over the technical aspects of winemaking: he's clearly done his research, along with a ton of interviews. But he never strays too far from the question that underpins the entire narrative, namely: How did a country whose history over the past century has been one of regress, build a wine industry whose history has been one of progress?

Without entirely rejecting the proposition that luck may have played a more important role than judgement in this success story, Mount expertly marshals a mass of historical (from depressions to dictatorships to devaluations), geographical (if you ever find yourself wanting to turn a desert into a wine growing region, this book will get you started) and biographical (Mount is a skilled draughtsman when it comes to character portraits) detail to address this apparent paradox - and somehow avoids getting bogged down. Best of all, he doesn't take himself, his subject, or the winemakers he writes about too seriously. Other wine writers, take note.

To conclude. If you're interested in Argentine history or Argentine wine, this is a must read. If you're interested in wine in general, this is a should read. If you couldn't care less about wine but enjoy well-written popular non-fiction, you won't go far wrong here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By corkpuller on November 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Savoured, sipped and slurped this volume - and shouted at my friends over the phone about the happiness it gave me. I even wrote emails about it in the hillbilly language of the internet, "all-caps". A little doubtful at the start, once Ian Mount got into the meat of it, reading Vineyard at the End of the World was the kind of blissful relief one feels when a serious and mysterious discomfort is revealed to be simply something very uncomfortable one has found one is sitting on, perhaps an upturned garden rake or something of the kind. A special kind of pleasure.

Why the sense of relief? This book by Mount speaks a lot of rude and impolite truths, for example unapologetically documenting the nasty pesticide-adulterated diesel fuel that was and often still is low-end Argentinian wine, the truckloads of arrogance husbanded by the old regime of bodegueros, or the tatty mess that is the state of commercial contracts as interpreted on this side of the Southern Cone of South America.

I traveled and enjoyed some of the same regions of Argentina as Mount and visited some of the same places (it seems we share some of nearly the same photos), and although my exposure to the reality of the wine scene is flyspeck on Ian Mount's in-depth research, I had felt rather guilty holding onto my pointedly critical observations of the country, and its winemaking. Until Ian's book, that is - metaphorically, I could finally shout 'what's this bloody garden rake doing under my cushion!'

Even more fascinating are the detailed accounts of how foreign consultants and Argentinian can-do winemakers turned the whole thing upside down. I adore Argentinian wine and buy it eagerly now, even if the infuriating stuff at the bottom end is still best used in an Otto-cycle engine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bucky on March 13, 2012
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This was totally unexpected and delightful. The author's knowledge of his subject matter was astounding and he spins the story in an entertaining and informative way. In a million years, you wouldn't expect to think of this topic as interesting, but it was more than that - it was enticing.

Strong recommendation!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James P. Danky on February 14, 2012
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Americans, and others, have been drinking the great change in Argentina's wines so the general outlines of the story are known. What is new here is the close reporting that Ian Mount brings to the tale. The author takes us beyond the press releases and soft trade press accounts into the personal lives of the winemakers and their struggles to create world-class wine. The detail is offered in a very engaging narrative and the book should be one that all who love Malbec and other wines from the South will savor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dr on February 26, 2012
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Anyone interested in wines, and especially Argentine wines, should buy this book. It is a well done history of the wine industry in this country. I found it fascinating and couldn't put it down. I liked it so much I just bought another copy to give as a gift to an Argentine friend! M Kelley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Staenberg on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Malbec today is seen as one of the great varietals but it wasn't always this way and Ian Mount's book tells the engaging story of how it became so. This is not just a story of Malbec or wine but of Argentina, the history, the people and the culture. I have been producing wine in Argentina for 7 years but this book provided more insight than all my trips combined. If you love Malbec, Argentina or just like a good historical read on how a region emerges to superstar status, this is your book.
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