Over the past three decades, a wine revolution has been taking place across the United States. There are now more than 7,000 American wine producers—up from 440 in 1970—and the best bottles are every bit as good as the finest wines of Europe.
In celebration of this burgeoning industry, Saturday, May 11th, is North America’s first-ever Wine Tourism Day. And what better way to celebrate than with a copy of American Wine, the essential guide to wines in all 50 states? American Wine is the first comprehensive and authoritative reference on the wines, wineries, and winemakers of America, brought to you by renowned wine author Jancis Robinson and U.S. wine expert Linda Murphy.
UC Press is running a book giveaway over at Goodreads. Enter to win one of ten free copies, and discover gems such as racy Rieslings from Michigan and bright-fruited Tempranillo from Texas.
If you’d rather not take your chances, for a limited time order American Wine on our website for 30% off. Just use code 13W4090 at checkout. Salute!
We are pleased to announce that the Government of Japan honored UC Press author Merry White today with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon decoration. The award recognizes Professor White’s significant contribution to the development of Japanese studies and the introduction of Japanese culture in the United States.
Merry White, better known to friends and colleagues as Corky White, is a Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, where she teaches broadly on contemporary society and culture in Japan and on food and culture. She is the author of many books, including three UC Press titles, The Material Child: Coming of Age in Japan and America, Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval, and Coffee Life in Japan, and a frequent contributor to Gastronomica.
Her most recent book, Coffee Life in Japan, traces Japan’s vibrant café society over 130 years, from the early coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day. A recent interview with Professor White on coffee culture in Japan can be heard on Public Radio International’s program The World. Congratulations Corky White!
David R. Montgomery, author of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations and professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, was recently profiled as one of Sunset Magazine’s “10 Visionaries, Trendsetters, and Innovators” who are “redefining every aspect of gardening in the West—and changing the way we live, eat, and connect with one another.”
Montgomery was included for his work to highlight the importance of healthy soil in preserving civilizations. Dirt examines how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil—as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt.
Read on to learn about Montgomery and his wife’s project to restore their own back yard’s topsoil, and how it “has inspired him to think small-picture for his next book.”