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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393347079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393347074
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thoughtful and provocative, this book shows that the history of wine is as complex as the history of human society. --Esther Mobley

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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.

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Well researched and interesting book revealing wine in the context of social history and full of fascinating quotations from literature.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Basset on 25 July 2013
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'Inventing Wine' by Paul Lukacs is a wonderful book
So well explained
Once you start reading it you just cannot stop
I absolutely loved it
A huge bravo Mr Lukacs
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"A FASCINATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF WINE!" 9 Dec. 2012
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Paul Lukacs takes the reader on a fascinating journey of how wine was created and its symbolic meaning across the globe, from ancient time to the modern era. The author tells an amazing story of scientific findings of the influence of wine from the past to the present, the reasons why millions of people choose it, its role in culture, and much more. The history of wine recounts the discovery of champagne, the flavor of wine, and its uses throughout the world. The creation of wine began as a mystery as the ancients regarded wine as sacred, a gift from the Gods to winemaking by the experts worldwide. An invention that began with over-ripe rotten grapes to its role in humanity. Paul Lukacs describes the meaning of wine, and why millions of consumers love it. We learn about the distinctive tasting wines, and the reasons for necessity across the globe. The identity of wine and the power of invention in relation to appreciation and production is remarkable. In addition, the taste of contemporary wines verses wines from earlier eras recounts the reasons behind its basic need. The author highlights a new way to view modern day wine as well as its meaningful history of the past. Included in this presentation also explains the difference between social and industrial values since the creation of wine from one generation to another. As we are taken through winemaking across the globe, we learn about the literature of wine, and its place in the world. Interesting, engrossing, and highly recommended!
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Terrific, never boring and so very thoroughly written about. 12 Jan. 2013
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I can't praise this book enough . I have worked in the industry at the winery level and at the retail professional level. The insights offered here are expressed so reverently and methodically that I never tired of the wonderful prose. The historical research on display here is ample but not excessive and it never overwhelms the reader. What I most loved about this book was the power that it had to make me think and reflect on something I also truly love in more expanded ways. Loved this book and so will many others. Recommend without hesitation. If you love wine, you will love this. Cheers to the author!
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Interesting but repetitive and poorly edited 9 Mar. 2013
By Nicholas R. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall I enjoyed this book but I couldn't help feeling I would have enjoyed it more if it had been better edited. It is quite repetitive and several times technical terms were not defined until several pages after they were first introduced.
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A useful history but... 24 Mar. 2014
By D. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book addresses the entire history of wine from it's pre-commercial uses through the current global marketing and mass production of today. Unlike books such as "Salt," Inventing Wine does not really explore the importance of wine after ancient historical era. Given its persistence and evolution over the centuries, a history of wine should include a more thorough discussion of why its cultural appeal grew over the last 2 centuries. In short, Lukacs weak explanation is that through technology, winemakers were able to make a product that didn't taste bad anymore. He hints at how the top vintners created a tradition to support their efforts to sell their wine, but he doesn't explore this important concept.

As other reviewers note, the book is frightfully repetitive. Wine's long history of having a very short shelf life could have been much briefer and replaced with more expansive narrative about its economic role or its role in promoting cross-cultural commerce.

While the book provides a considerable amount of interesting facts, particularly about wines role in early religions, what is most disappointing about the book, is its lack of charm. Its like a dry tannic wine. You can drink it, get a little buzz, but not really enjoy the experience. Wine is meant to bring pleasure. A book about it, should strive for the same.
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A bit to repetitive. 14 Jan. 2013
By R. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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The book could have been about 1/3 shorter and provided the same information. I suppose repetition leads to remembrance, but the repetition was a little excessive for my tastes. Otherwise enjoyed the book
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