Postmodern Winemaking (Hardcover)

Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft

By Clark Smith

University of California Press, 9780520282599, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2013

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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Postmodern Winemaking: Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft

"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

"Smith is nothing if not genuine in his curiosity about the appropriate uses of science in the cellar."

"Fascinating. . . . His book is a tool for winemakers and a sinewy bone on which to gnaw for wine geeks."

"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."

"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."

"A detailed, accessible portrait of what it takes to be a professional, successful winemaker."