A Natural History of Wine

Genre: Cooking, Science
Imprint: ITK Audio
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.23 hours)
Product Number: Z11205
Released: Nov 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490686561
Narrator/s: Kevin R. Free
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An excellent bottle of wine can be the spark that inspires a brainstorming session. Such was the case for Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle, scientists who frequently collaborate on book and museum exhibition projects. When the conversation turned to wine one evening, it almost inevitably led the two-one a palaeoanthropologist, the other a molecular biologist-to begin exploring the many intersections between science and wine. This book presents their fascinating, freewheeling answers to the question What can science tell us about wine? And vice versa. Conversational and accessible to everyone, this colorfully illustrated book embraces almost every imaginable area of the sciences, from microbiology and ecology (for an understanding what creates this complex beverage) to physiology and neurobiology (for insight into the effects of wine on the mind and body). The authors draw on physics, chemistry, biochemistry, evolution, and climatology, and they expand the discussion to include insights from anthropology, primatology, entomology, Neolithic archaeology, and even Classical history. The resulting volume is indispensible for anyone who wishes to appreciate wine to its fullest.


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A Natural History of Wine
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Product Number:Z11205

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Narrator(s): Kevin R. Free
Genre: Cooking, Science
Product Number ND0345
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Professional reviews

"Accomplished narrator Kevin R. Free rises to the considerable challenge of telling the many detailed stories in this audiobook dedicated to the world of grapes, vines, and wine. The authors, both scientists, set about to look at wine through a wide lens, and their discussions range from agricultural customs to climate change to fraudulent practices in the industry. Whether the book is explicating the biochemical essence of grape varieties and the complexities of their flavors, explaining the Armenian origins of the winery, or simplifying the intricacies of what the French call terroir, Free's forthright style and clear delivery deftly enliven this scientific journey into wine's natural history. A.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"