Postmodern Winemaking: Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft

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Univ of California Press, Nov 2, 2013 - Cooking - 368 pages
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In Postmodern Winemaking, Clark Smith shares the extensive 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.
 

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According to winemaker, columnist, and instructor Smith, modern winemaking reliably delivers a consistent product, but the resulting wines fall short of reaching their potential. Through a series of ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
PART ONE PRINCIPLES
17
The Solution Problem
19
Creating the Conditions for Graceful Aging
31
The Basic Tool Kit
43
The Seven Functions of Oak
58
The Power of Showing Up
68
Red Wines Defining Reaction
82
Nice and Rough
131
Winemakings Lunatic Heroes
143
California Dreamer in Search
159
A Postmodern Tale 181
181
Winemakings Power Tools
202
Winemaking Game Changer
219
The Limits of Rationalism
252
Threat or Menace?
277

Measuring Wines Oxygen Uptake Capacity
91
Speculations on Minerality
102
Winemaking at High pH
111
Integrated Brettanomyces Management
120
Resonance in Wine
295
Navigating the Postmodern Calendar
309
Index
333
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Clark Smith is winemaker for Diamond Ridge Vineyards and his own WineSmith Cellars. He consults with hundreds of winemakers, is an Adjunct Professor at Fresno State University and Florida International University, and lectures widely on wine chemistry fundamentals. His Best-of-Appellation evaluations panel at AppellationAmerica.com explores the emerging wine regions of the United States and Canada, and his column “The Postmodern Winemaker” has appeared since 2009 in Wines & Vines magazine. He was awarded the 2016 Innovator of the Year at the Innovation + Quality (IQ) Forum, presented by Wine Business Monthly.

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