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Extreme Wine: Searching the World for the Best, the Worst, the Outrageously Cheap, the Insanely Overpriced, and the Undiscovered [Format Kindle]

Mike Veseth

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In Extreme Wine, wine economist and best-selling author Mike Veseth circles the globe searching for the best, worst, cheapest, most expensive, and most over-priced wines. Mike seeks out the most outrageous wine people and places and probes the biggest wine booms and busts. Along the way he applauds celebrity wines, tries to find wine at the movies, and discovers wines that are so scarce that they are almost invisible. Why go to such extremes? Because, Mike argues, the world of wine is growing and changing, and if you want to find out what’s really happening you can’t be afraid to step over the edge. Written with verve and appreciation for all things wine, Extreme Wine will surprise and delight readers.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extreme Passion and Excitement 27 mars 2014
Par Kevin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was lucky enough to study under Mike at the University of Puget Sound and even do a bit of wine tasting with him in my home state of Oregon. This book perfectly encapsulates Mike's passion and excitement about wine. One of the great things that I have learned from Mike in his classes and his writing is that knowing the stories, people, and communities behind a bottle of wine can be even more interesting then what is in the bottle. This book is packed full of stories that made me want to go out and try new and exciting bottles of wine. This is a great book for anyone that is interested in enhancing their wine drinking experience.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 WOW! - World of Wine: Going to the Extreme - A Fantastic Voyage! Brewers and Distillers Beware - Secrets Here Revealed! 15 mars 2014
Par Gary Spedding - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A brief review of "Extreme Wine: Searching the world for the best, the worst, the outrageously cheap, the insanely overpriced, and the undiscovered." Mike Veseth (Author of "Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists" - next on my to-read list.). Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4422-1922-9 (cloth) and 978-1-4422-1924-3 (electronic).

This book has a ton of lessons for nearly everyone. For wine lovers it really is an extreme book in the way it covers the fascinating world of a beverage that would take several lifetimes to fully understand. Veseth covers all manner of expressions of wine from tastings, competitions, celebrations, grand expositions, books, journals, movies, celebrities and more. His own book belongs in his list of extreme vehicles of delivery and impact on the wine world. My appreciation (beer is my beverage of choice) of wine has been enhanced tremendously from this quite in-depth, yet light and fun to read volume.

Veseth writes well (a few minor errors here and there - some repetitive text that's all -missed in proofing) and, as an economist, portrays a sense of wonder and understanding of economics in relation to wine - the bigger picture. Brewers and Distillers will learn much on how to poise their own beverages in an ever changing market landscape. I and many brewers find it difficult keeping up with the 200 or so hop varieties - how about understanding over 1300 vine varieties and their flavor impact? Now 50 to 100 different beer styles (and their variations) - compare that to a choice of 25,000 or so wines? To sum up how much you will glean from this book - I quote one of the book's back cover references (a Judy Leissner) "I found myself jotting down idea after idea while reading this book..." I did too and I think so will you!

The book provides glimpses into several topics at the extreme edges of the wine world and the list of notes and references at the end of the book I believe will give one the key resources that would ever be needed at least up to this point for really getting to grips with wine. I intend to read several of these recommended volumes as soon as I can (and as I stated above beer, not wine, is my preferred alcoholic beverage). And brewers (and the new breed of craft distillers) will learn a lot about approaching a crowded beer shelf and marketing from this one read alone. It's about the contents in the bottle but the dressing on the outside is key to getting one to try the goods. This book will provide clues as to how the winemaker approaches that and how that has needed to change with several boom and bust cycles from winemakers around the world. Several pages - eye-openers for me (p.38) - what kills a winemaker's reputation and what is accepted from a preservative infused world? Several pages on wine jingles - selling cheap or extreme priced wines. How to make wine in extreme locations, environments and conditions. How consumers can come to appreciate the huge differential in wine prices and associated quality perceptions (see p.64) - this applies to those esoteric `"new world" beers and new craft distilled spirits eh? How to better understand restaurant wine purchases - by the glass, the bottle or a new trend no-corkage fee BYOB restaurants? (p.69). How France lost its way and is fighting back. How Australia and now long forgotten and disgraced (bad wine - must be South African!) South Africa are perhaps now setting the new standards. (Veseth's last chapter focuses on South Africa). How China and India and new or rejuvenated South American wine markets are beginning to flower or open again.

I liked thinking inside the box (for extreme thinking) - thinking outside the box too clichéd today. It is about quality and we see that through booms and busts - going to extremes sometimes means focusing on traditions not leaping out of the box (p.117). Brewers, both Michael Lewis and I have been harping on that for a while. The same point goes for you big boys too when going to extremes means killing the diversity and distinctiveness of beer (see p.197).

However, I finish with the final paragraph in Veseth's book (p.201) and South Africa again. South African tradition calls for a celebration (read about it in the book) which brings people (friends, family and strangers - who will become friends quickly) together where they share wine and stories and solidify humanity and remove barriers and share diverse opinions which leads to creativity (which itself is often extreme - how else do we develop but by pushing boundaries?) and harmony. The same is said (and Michael Lewis - UC Davis, CA Emeritus Brewing Faculty member and I seem to be the only outspoken advocates) for the survival of the British pub. The pub, and this should become a focus for brewers in the US (and winemakers like in South Africa) is a social hub forming the lubricant of ideas, camaraderie and creativity. Veseth's book is about the far more complicated world of wine but if your tipple is beer or a nice distilled spirit or cocktail then I think you will find this entertaining book to be of lasting impact on how you look at the alcohol beverage world and how your place can fit within it. One book and its associated notes and references covers it all very well. Extreme indeed!

Gary Spedding, March 15, 2014.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extreme yet personal 17 octobre 2013
Par James R Thomssen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Five stars because this book makes you aware of how much you don't know about the world of wine but at the same time let's you know you don't have to. We all can learn the basics by extending our reach to the far reaches of the wine shelves at our local purveyor of vino and sharing our experiences ( and choices) with friends around the braai. ( read the book to find out!)

Well written and a great read. Mike takes you around the world and back in time to explore the edges of wine that can enthralling the 1% as well as captivate the rest of us.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed Extreme Wine extremely 23 mars 2014
Par Judith A. Dickinson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Even though I may never be a true wine connoisseur Extreme Wine makes my evening glass of wine a richer and more
interesting experience learning so much of the history and economics of the wine culture and industry. Mike writes in a
very accessible way to us lay people. What could be better than a book that is both entertaining and informative.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Read, but not as Good as Wine Wars 8 février 2014
Par Dan Clements - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed much of this book, but the writing seemed a bit choppy, and was not as engaging as Mike's first book, Wine Wars. Some interesting factoids, but overall an average read.
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