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American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story
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The story of how the United States came to dominate fine wine

In 1976, the bicentennial year of American Independence, the nation's wine was an international afterthought—stylistically and commercially. Within a generation, however, the United States would stand unquestionably at the world vanguard of wine, reversing centuries of Euro-centrism and dominating the fruit of the vine so thoroughly that Europeans were forced to adopt American words to describe their own creations. In the process, it spawned a wine culture and became intertwined with a kind of aspirational living: American fine wine became a foundational element of gourmet food, reality TV, a myriad of print publications and blogs, expensive vacation packages, gift catalogues, and even the plot of an Oscar-winning movie. Using primary sources, including interviews with the major figures in the rise of American fine wine, the book traces the controversial personalities and seismic events that led to American commercial and stylistic dominance of the world's most celebrated alcoholic beverage—a dominance that shows no signs of waning.

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        Tom Acitelli is the author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution. He is the founding editor of Curbed Boston and was a senior editor at the New York Observer for five years. He contributes regularly to Town & Country and has written for the New York Times, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, Eater.com, and Redbook. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The story of how the United States came to dominate fine wine

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      • source: George M. Taber, author of Judgment of Paris and To Cork or Not to Cork
      • content: "Tom Acitelli tells with both color and accuracy the wonderful story of American wine after World War II and how it became a giant among world wines. His focus on the sometimes crazy people behind it all makes the book a delight to read. . . . AmericanWine brings them alive in an easy style that is as refreshing as a Napa sparkling wine."
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      • source: Library Journal on The Audacity of Hops
      • content: "An informative, comprehensive look at the roots and evolution of something many beer drinkers take for granted."
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      • content: "an engaging, anecdotal look at some of the characters and events that have led the United States to become the biggest consumer of wine in the world."
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        July 1, 2015
        In an appropriate follow-up to The Audacity of Hops: The History of America's Craft Beer Revolution (2013), Curbed Boston founding editor Acitelli wades into the colorful history of American fine wine, showing how, in 2014, the United States surpassed France to become the largest wine market in the world. After an account of Julia Child's alteration of Americans' taste and culinary habits, the author steps back in time to recount America's tangled relationship with wine, which resulted from Prohibition and its repeal and the trends in the 1950s, when the sale of unremarkable, mass-produced wines reached a peak. Acitelli then depicts how fine wines, defined as "any drier, non-fortified wine, at any price point, made primarily from higher-end grape types that originated in Europe," at first nudged, then slowly replaced the undistinguished American wines. In mostly chronological fashion, the author effectively pulls together the stories of a diverse cast of characters with innovations in winemaking and marketing as well as popular culture, illustrating how wine shifted from either an undistinguished drink or a rare and expensive treat to a mainstream grocery item. Acitelli cites the importance of early wine critics such as Robert Lawrence Balzer, whose Beverly Hills Citizen columns served as the beginnings of wine criticism; and Ruth Ellen Church, who wrote "the nation's first weekly wine column in the Chicago Tribune." The author digs into the histories of America's early winemakers-e.g., the Gallo and Mondavi families-as well as lesser-known but important individuals in the winemaking world such as artisan Joe Heitz or viticulture researcher Albert Winkler. Acitelli also recalls the infamous wine competition known as the 1976 Judgment of Paris, the evolution of wine bars, and how the exploding interest in local foods and numerous wine bloggers have contributed to the popularity and ubiquity of fine wines in America's culinary scene. A tasty combination of commercial and culinary history reflecting the maturations of the wine business and Americans' taste buds.

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        Before 1960, there were basically three different kinds of American wines: red, white, and pink. However, by 2014, the United States surpassed France to become the world's biggest market for fine wines. Drawing upon a number of primary sources, Acitelli (The Audacity of Hops) uses a chronological series of colorful vignettes to detail the important events, major personalities, and scientific breakthroughs that explain this revolution in wine production and consumption in America. VERDICT Including the introduction of the screw top, the impact Cesar Chavez had on wine production, and the influence of such critics as Robert Parker on wine drinkers and collectors, Acitelli's latest dryly witty book delivers both the juicy gossip as well as the insightful analysis readers need in order to understand exactly how America went from a wine zero to a wine hero.--John Charles, formerly of Scottsdale P.L., AZ

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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