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Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink Paperback – November 10, 2010
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"It is the kind of book a wine economist would want to read and gift as a gift to friends. "--"Journal of Wine Economics"
"Exposes a little-known but influential aspect of the wine business: the politics behind it."--"Times Higher Ed Sup (Thes)"
'A delight to read with its clear prose and fluid style."--"Good Wine Under $20"
"A fascinating and fast-paced ride. . . . His accomplishment is remarkable."--"Gastronomica: Journal of Food & Culture"
"Contain(s) so much history, data and anecdotes in a highly readable 144 pages."--John Mariani"Bloomberg News" (07/28/2008)
"Succinct and up-to-date. . . . Recommended."--Philip Whalen, Coastal Carolina University"Jrnl Of World History" (09/01/2012)
Contain(s) so much history, data and anecdotes in a highly readable 144 pages. --John Mariani"Bloomberg News" (07/28/2008)"
Succinct and up-to-date. . . . Recommended. --Philip Whalen, Coastal Carolina University"Jrnl Of World History" (09/01/2012)"
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Top Customer Reviews
I cracked it open somewhere over Nevada on my way to the National Conference of State Legislatures where a panel of industry folks moderated by Senator Sanchez from New Mexico was gong to discuss the impact of the Supreme Court decision, Granholm v. Heald. Apropos, no?
Here's the thing: If you write about wine and don't know the political history of the drink, you owe it to yourself and your readers to read this. If you are a lawmaker at the state level and deal with alcohol issues, you owe it to yourself and your constituents to read this book. If you are a wine lover and find yourself frustrated by the various laws that seem contrived to keep you from enjoying wine then you need to read this book.
What I was most interested in discovering was how an even handed treatment of the subject of wine politics would look and read like. I don't deal in evenhandedness when I approach and work in this area. I've seen enough to know that it accomplishes nothing to give those who work the system the benefit of the doubt. But Colman, in tackling this subject, is obligated to be evenhanded. And he pulls it off quite nicely.
The very first chapter asks, "What is Wine Politics". The answer Tyler provides is telling and explains the need for such a book:
"battles over the politics of wine are more often fought on the ground--sometimes literally. Where are the lines of the best growing zones drawn?Read more ›
Tyler Colman has now broadened this notion of context with Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink, a book that should appeal to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of wine.
If you have ever wondered why certain wines show up on some store shelves but not others, or why specific wines appear on certain restaurant menus while others do not, then you should read Wine Politics. The book not only explains how politics influence the distribution of wine here in the U.S., but also reveals how these same forces direct each bottle's production and eventual consumption. The best description of this book is offered by the author in Chapter 1::
"In this book I follow the travels that a bottle of wine takes from the vineyard to the dining-room table. Along the way it may encounter flying winemakers, humble vignerons, dull regulators, passionate activists, and powerful critics. I tell the neglected backstory of wine, which, as with Hollywood movies, can often be more interesting than the finished product."
Tyler Colman, a.k.a. Dr. Vino, approaches this topic by following the wine histories of France and the U.S.Read more ›
As one reviewer put it, this book is sure to become "required reading for any serious wine education program."
Coleman's spare, economic writing style evokes an era when writers (think Hemingway) were not afraid to use words as instruments of thought rather than the other way around. An A+ for readability...
Tyler Colman's purpose is to enlighten the consumer about the political forces that all producers have to be subjected by, even those seen as celebrities. As he says: it "illuminates how distributors, mobsters, environmentalists, regulators, and critics all have a hand in producing, selling and delivering the glass of wine we will drink tonight". In doing it so, it also helps to demystify the common dogmatic approach to wine, as choices in wine making, more often than not, are a fruit of impositions of political and marketing realities.
This book takes on the USA and French markets as examples and set them "side by side, studying the different paths taken by winemakers ... to produce the quality wines we enjoy today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Focused mostly on France and California. Interesting and a quick read.Published 10 months ago by m.b.
Excellent. Exposes the devious political and administrative paths a producer needs to manoeuvre for the product to reach the consumer. Escalating
the cost along the path.
Given this book results from a Northwestern Ph.D dissertation and is published by a good university press, I am amazed at the works lack of depth, absence of analysis, and general... Read morePublished 14 months ago by MichaelBuffalo
...and what seemed like incandescent prose in the context of an academic dissertation seems kind of clunky and unsure of itself relative to that of, inter alia, the far superior... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Maureen Tkacik
This is a great book for wine lovers to read. Love wine and love reading about the history behind the wine industry.Published on March 24, 2013 by Amy L. Boughan
Tyler Coleman's book is really interesting if you're interested in going behind the scenes. I enjoy wine books and wine conversation that are neither sugar coated nor overly snobby... Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Olivier Magny
This book is an excellent factual source of knowledge and will help the reader to understand how the current-day laws governing alcohol (and wine) distribution were put in place. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by NoonieB
An interesting take on the intersection of wine and politics. Written in quite a scholarly manner, suggesting it may have been based on a dissertation. Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Roy M. Pitkin