Postmodern Winemaking by Clark Smith

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Postmodern Winemaking

Rethinking The Modern Science Of An Ancient Craft

by Clark Smith

In Postmodern Winemaking, Clark Smith shares knowledge he has accumulated in engaging, humorous, and erudite essays that convey a new vision of the winemaker's craft--one that credits the crucial roles played by both science and art in the winemaking process. Smith, a leading innovator in red wine production techniques, explains how traditional enological education has led many winemakers astray--enabling them to create competent, consistent wines while putting exceptional wines of structure and mystery beyond their grasp. Great wines, he claims, demand a personal and creative engagement with many elements of the process. His lively exploration of the facets of postmodern winemaking, together with profiles of some of its practitioners, is both entertaining and enlightening.

"I love this book: it’s brave, provocative, and fun. Smith has a writing style that’s engaging and that enlivens what would otherwise risk being indigestible wine science. This is a significant contribution to the literature on winemaking." --Jamie Goode, author of The Science of Wine and Authentic Wine

"This book should be required reading for all winemakers, aspiring winemakers, and anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of wine."--Joel Peterson, founder, Ravenswood Winery


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