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Postmodern Winemaking

Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft

Clark Smith (Author)

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Hardcover, 368 pages
ISBN: 9780520282599
November 2013
$34.95, £24.95
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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.
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 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.
"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
"The subheads in each chapter are amazingly clever and often funny. You can just read through the book, skip the super technical stuff, and learn a great deal from this winemaker turned author. Highly recommended."—California Grapevine
"Smith is nothing if not genuine in his curiosity about the appropriate uses of science in the cellar."—San Francisco Chronicle
"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
"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
"A detailed, accessible portrait of what it takes to be a professional, successful winemaker."—Newsday
"Smith's philosophical thinking as well as his sociological comments and his metaphorical/simile filled writing are on display."—Dan Berger The Press Democrat
"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 coauthor of Authentic Wine

“In this masterful, insightful, and practical work, Clark Smith provides shape, focus, and comprehension to a wide array of wine processes that complement art and science. A must-read for all in the industry.”
Dr. Bruce Zoecklein, Virginia Tech University

"An engaging, frequently controversial, but always thoughtful treatise that delves into the complexity of philosophical choices and new technologies that are now part of every winemaker's existence in a world where consilience of art and science is frequently needed."
Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood Winery

"With the inordinate amount of competition in the modern wine business, winemakers need to equip themselves with a deeper, essentially philosophical view of where complexity and greatness in wine truly resides. This book is a great contribution to that discussion."
Randall Grahm, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard and author of Been Doon So Long

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