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There are literally thousands of books on wine. However, if we apply a few selection criteria and select books that fit at least one of them, we get a more manageable set to work with. My criteria include: historically interesting, up-to-date, adds to the knowledge of sociology of wine, and/or is well written. I will only list other books to the extent they illustrate a certain sociological argument, social movement, conflict or institution. I will also list a few books from sub specialties, such as the sociology of food.

Brenner, Deborah (2007), Women of the Wine, New Jersey: Wiley.

Brostrom, Geralyn & Brostrom, Jack (2009), The Business of Wine: An Encyclopedia, Westport, CT: Greenwood.

Campbell, Gwyn & Guibert, Nathalie, Eds.  (2007), Wine, Society, and Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Wine Industry, Palgrave Macmillan.  ($90 on

Charters, Steve  (2006) Wine and Society: The Cultural and Social Context of a Drink, Burlington, MA: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

Colman, Tyler (2008) Wine Politics, Berkeley: U California Press.

Gabler, James M. (2004), Wine into Words: A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language, Second Edititon [Hardcover],  Baltimore, Bacchus Press Ltd. (see review

Jacobsen, Rowan (2010), American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters and Fields, New York: Bloomsbury.

Mendelson, Richard (2009), From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America, Berkeley: California University Press.

Sokolin, David (2008), Investing in Liquid Assets, New York, Simon & Schuster.

Veseth, Mike (forthcoming 2011), Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, The Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists, TBD, TBD.

Sociology of Food

Lyson, Thomas A. (2004). Civic Agriculture: Reconnecting Farm, Food, and Community. Medford, Massachusetts: Tufts University Press.

Levenstein, Harvey (2003) Paradox of Plenty: A Social History of Eating in Modern America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Norberg-Hodge, et. al. (2002). Bringing the Food Economy Home. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press

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