Agricultural product and cultural commodity, drink of ritual and drink of addiction, purveyor of pleasure, pain and memory -- wine has never been contained in a single glass. While wine drunk millennia ago was the humble beverage of the people, today the drink is inextricable with power, sophistication, and often wealth. Bottles sell for half a million dollars. Point systems tell us which wines are considered the best. Wine professionals give us the language to describe what we taste. Drawing from science, religion, literature and memoir, Wine meditates on the power structures bound up with making and drinking this ancient, intoxicating beverage.
Published by Bloomsbury.