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Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking Hardcover – September 15, 2011
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"A very good book. . . . One of the more balanced and detailed accounts dealing with the issue of sustainable winemaking."-;/div>--Robert M. Parker, Jr."The Wine Advocate" (11/22/2011)
"A compelling manifesto for natural wine . . . the understandable, everyday terms used make this a genuine guide to wine science for the citizen."--Brian Elliott"Scotland On Sunday" (11/30/2011)
"'Authentic Wine' performs the invaluable service of raising crucial questions and explaining complicated issues coherently."--Eric Asimov"New York Times" (12/13/2011)
"It's been a good year for wine books. The most compelling new book is undoubtedly Authentic Wine by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop."--Huon Hooke"Sydney Morning Herald" (12/06/2011)
"Ambitiously comprehensive. . . . Illuminating."--Beverley Blanning"Decanter" (04/01/2012)
"A very well written and useful book with a long shelf life. Once read, it is one to dip in and out of regularly."--Mary Gorman-McAdams"The Kitchn" (12/01/2011)
A compelling manifesto for natural wine . . . the understandable, everyday terms used make this a genuine guide to wine science for the citizen. --Brian Elliott"Scotland On Sunday" (11/30/2011)"
Authentic Wine performs the invaluable service of raising crucial questions and explaining complicated issues coherently. --Eric Asimov"New York Times" (12/13/2011)"
It's been a good year for wine books. The most compelling new book is undoubtedly Authentic Wine by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop. --Huon Hooke"Sydney Morning Herald" (12/06/2011)"
Ambitiously comprehensive. . . . Illuminating. --Beverley Blanning"Decanter" (04/01/2012)"
From the Inside Flap
Jamie Goode is a rarity in the wine world: a trained scientist who can explain complicated subjects without dumbing them down or coming over like a pointy head. It also helps that he’s a terrific writer with a real passion for his subject.”Tim Atkin MW
It is not surprising that wine often stimulates the flow of bile - often exchanged between highly opinionated groups of wine writers, drinkers and kibbitzers, each with a different aesthetic and ideology. This book by Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop mounts a passionate defense of "natural wine" from an utterly rational perspective. They make the case that we must choose to grow grapes and make wines in a natural way, allowing the wines to achieve the greatest expression of individuality, lest we drown in an a wine-dark (possibly over-extracted) sea of sameness.”--Randall Grahm, author of Been Doon So Long
"Praise for Jamie Goode's The Science of Wine":
Mr. Goode has written one of the most enlightening and clearheaded wine books to appear in years. This is a wine book you’ll actually read and reread.”--Matt Kramer, New York Sun
Lively and provocative.”--Eric Asimov, New York Times
Goode’s readable prose makes even the most technical subjects accessible. For anyone interested in more than just drinking wine, this is a must read.”Wine Enthusiast
Top Customer Reviews
Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking is a title one might expect to find on an academic paper, presented at an obscure symposium, or perhaps at a wine industry conference. It is a yawner, isn't it? The book itself is not. The first and last portions of Authentic Wine, which try to define authentic wine and how it might be promoted, are not always well thought out. The authors' commitment to natural wine making sometimes seems a bit shaky, and their proposals rather naive. But in between the mildly polemical chapters is the broader portion of the book, more scientifically based, with interesting observations on such diverse topics as terroir, vine grafting, wild vs. cultured yeasts, and how to make wine without sulfur additions.
Did you know?
* The concept of "minerality" in wine is almost certainly a misnomer, since vines cannot absorb the aromas or flavors of blue slate, chalk or any of the other soil types wine lovers praise. What is described as "minerality" is more likely a combination of high acidity and volatile sulfur compounds, perhaps with an assist by the yeast Brettanomyces.
* Robert M. Parker, who has been accused of promoting "inauthentic wine" is a part owner of Beaux Frères, a biodynamic winery.
* A 2008 survey of pesticides in wine found that every bottle of wine made from conventionally farmed grapes contained pesticide residues. While the levels may not be injurious to public health, wouldn't no trace (as in nearly all of the organic wines tested) be preferable?Read more ›
The goal of this book is to demystify "natural wine" and to encourage everyone, from winemakers to consumers, to seek out sustainable wines that display character and a sense of place. It isn't all about organic farming, no SO2 additions and indigenous yeast.
This book is not for everyone but it does shed light on the industry as a whole with a focus given to healthy vineyards and less-manipulated wine.
Commercial and consumer pressures might be facing a fight head on. Through this book the authors look at exactly what "authentic wine" is and how commercial interests seeking to push a series of standardised products could threaten a centuries-old tradition. The typical wine consumer might already think that they are fairly "green" by drinking wine. It comes from grapes and is a natural production isn't it? Yet many don't know that many popular wines are delivered in bulk tankers for eventual bottling and mass distribution. A carefully-crafted image perhaps hides the reality. Of course, many fine wines are hand-crafted, stored in gothic cellars for years and are real, true artisanal works... but you might see the difference in your pocket as well as in the taste.
This is an academically-focussed book, drilling down with precision into topics weighty such as biodynamics and organics, chemical and physical manipulation of wines and the carbon footprint (caused) by wine. Reading through the book certainly provokes thought, irrespective of which side of the fence you might find yourself on. What is really involved in the chain from field to table: is the source of raw ingredients sustainable? Just how much work is involved in production and transportation? Can demand create more problems along the way? And yet, many consumers believe they are being good, responsible citizens by remembering to take their wine bottles to the recycling bank - yet that is just a very small part of the overall puzzle.
Big business demands have it in their interest to have more harmonised, standard products.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think the writing is wonderful and thought provoking. My only wish is that the photos were in color as it would lend to the amazing landscapes pictured.Published on July 18, 2013 by J Phillip
There's tons of informative facts about different ways wine is made. Everything from yeasts to enzymes to the biodynamic movement. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Fred P. Reiss
I am just a little bit disappointed about the sense of the word "Authentic" when you talk about wine making in the old world. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by Delphine Veissiere