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.
"This is a brave book, fusing data, experience and intuition in a way that scientists rarely attempt... It's a significant and much-needed contribution to the literature of winemaking." 2013 BOOK OF THE YEAR Wine & Spirits Magazine 20131001 "Smith is nothing if not genuine in his curiosity about the appropriate uses of science in the cellar." San Francisco Chronicle 20131129 "Fascinating... His book is a tool for winemakers and a sinewy bone on which to gnaw for wine geeks." The Daily Meal 20131220 "Top 10 Wine Books of 2013: Clark Smith has written the most interesting and eclectic wine book in years. Smith has a rich and swirling mind that is on display in this both technical and philosophical treaties on modern winemaking the issues that have been pushed to the fore through innovation." Tom Wark's Fermentation 20131218 "Wine savvy comes easy for Clark Smith, who's the smartest guy in most of the rooms he inhabits... His 'Postmodern Winemaking: Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft' is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the 'bones' of wine - structure, acidity, tannins, minerality - and how postmodern winemaking can help the industry build upon these attributes. Thus, it's a great gift for a wine geek or a science geek or a business geek." Minneapolis Star Tribune 20131212 "A detailed, accessible portrait of what it takes to be a professional, successful winemaker." Newsday 20130905
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th January 2014
Publisher: University of California Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.649