From the author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution (“Excellent history” – Slate … “A book for the craft beer nerd who thinks he or she already knows the story” – the Los Angeles Times) comes the triumphant tale of how America belted France from atop its centuries-old pedestal as the world’s top wine-producing and -drinking nation. Until the mid-1970s, American fine wine was an international also-ran. Then a series of game-changing events and a group of plucky entrepreneurs changed everything forever.
This is that story.
All the big players and milestones are here, with never-before-told details and analyses. Written in a fast-moving, engaging style free of wine jargon, Tom Acitelli’s American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story (Chicago Review Press, September 2015) is the first of its kind: a book focused solely on the rise of fine wine in the United States since the early 1960s, in California and elsewhere, and how that rise altered the way the world drinks—for better or worse.
Tom Acitelli is the beer critic for Food Republic and writes the “Acitelli on History” column for All About Beer. He is also the founding editor of Vox Media’s Curbed Boston, and has written on business and food (and the business of food) for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Town & Country, Bloomberg View and Eater.com. He has lectured on beer at events throughout the United States and in Europe as well as appeared as an expert on the subject on a variety of media, from the BBC to Fox News. He lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his family.