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Tasting the past : the science of flavor & the search for the original wine grapes

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After a chance encounter with an obscure Middle Eastern red, journalist Kevin Begos embarks on a ten-year journey to seek the origins of wine. What he unearths is a whole world of forgotten grapes, each with distinctive tastes and aromas, as well as the archaeologists, geneticists, chemists--even a paleobotanist--who are deciphering wine down to molecules of flavor. We meet a young scientist who sets out to decode the DNA of every single wine grape in the world; a researcher who seeks to discover the wines that Caesar and Cleopatra drank; and an academic who has spent decades analyzing wine remains to pinpoint ancient vineyards. Science illuminates wine in ways no critic can, and it has demolished some of the most sacred dogmas of the industry: for example, well-known French grapes aren't especially noble. We travel with Begos along the original wine routes--starting in the Caucasus Mountains, where wine grapes were first domesticated eight thousand years ago; then down to Israel and across the Mediterranean to Greece, Italy, and France; and finally to America where vintners are just now beginning to make distinctive wines from a new generation of local grapes. Imagine the wine grape version of heirloom vegetables or craft beer, or better yet, taste it: Begos offers readers drinking suggestions that go far beyond the endless bottles of Chardonnay and Merlot found in most stores and restaurants.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 641.22 BEG 2018 (Text) 33892100545780 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 07/03/2018 Available -
The Dalles Wasco County Library 634.83 BEG (Text) 33892006334263 NON-FICTION New/High Demand None 06/09/2018 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781616205775
  • Physical Description: 277 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-277).
Formatted Contents Note: A mysterious wine -- Archaeobiology and ancient wine -- Cremisan -- Israel's forgotten grapes -- The wine scientist -- Flavor, taste, and money -- The Caucasus -- Yeast, co-evolution, and wasps -- Aphrodite, women, and wine -- Goliath, foraging, and an answer -- Italy, Leonardo, and natural wine -- Wine and foie gras -- The science of terroir -- Coming home, and Israel's wine -- American wine grapes -- The dark side of wine science -- Grapetionary -- The first grapes, and tasting the past.
Summary, etc.: After a chance encounter with an obscure Middle Eastern red, journalist Kevin Begos embarks on a ten-year journey to seek the origins of wine. What he unearths is a whole world of forgotten grapes, each with distinctive tastes and aromas, as well as the archaeologists, geneticists, chemists--even a paleobotanist--who are deciphering wine down to molecules of flavor. We meet a young scientist who sets out to decode the DNA of every single wine grape in the world; a researcher who seeks to discover the wines that Caesar and Cleopatra drank; and an academic who has spent decades analyzing wine remains to pinpoint ancient vineyards. Science illuminates wine in ways no critic can, and it has demolished some of the most sacred dogmas of the industry: for example, well-known French grapes aren't especially noble. We travel with Begos along the original wine routes--starting in the Caucasus Mountains, where wine grapes were first domesticated eight thousand years ago; then down to Israel and across the Mediterranean to Greece, Italy, and France; and finally to America where vintners are just now beginning to make distinctive wines from a new generation of local grapes. Imagine the wine grape version of heirloom vegetables or craft beer, or better yet, taste it: Begos offers readers drinking suggestions that go far beyond the endless bottles of Chardonnay and Merlot found in most stores and restaurants.
Subject: Grapes Varieties
Viticulture History
Wine and wine making History
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