Paul Lukacs: Inventing Wine

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Wine expert Paul Lukacs discusses his "new history of one of the world's most ancient pleasures."


By The Author

Drinking wine can be traced back 8,000 years, yet the wines we drink today are radically different from those made in earlier eras. While its basic chemistry remains largely the same, wine's social roles have changed fundamentally, being invented and reinvented many times over many centuries.

In Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs tells the story of wine's transformation from a source of spiritual and bodily nourishment to a beverage valued for the wide array of pleasures it can provide. During wine's long history, men and women imbued wine with different cultural meanings and invented different cultural roles for it to play. These tastemakers included the medieval Cistercian monks of Burgundy who first thought of place as an important aspect of wine's identity, 19th-century writers such as Grimod de la Reyniere and Cyrus Redding who strived to give wine a rarefied aesthetic status, scientists like Louis Pasteur and Emile Peynaud who worked to help winemakers take more control over their craft and a host of visionary vintners who aimed to produce better, more distinctive-tasting wines, eventually bringing high-quality wine to consumers around the globe.

By charting the changes in both wine's appreciation and its production, Lukacs offers a fascinating new way to look at the present as well as the past.


About the Author:

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 20 years. He is a professor of English at Loyola University of Maryland, where he directs the Center for the Humanities. He lives in Baltimore.

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Start: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 6:30pm
End: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 8:30pm



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