Vintage Crime: A Short History of Wine Fraud

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Vintage Crime: A Short History of Wine Fraud

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“This slim yet insightful and entertaining volume documents the many instances where wine drinkers did not get what they paid for, sometimes with deadly consequences.”—New York Times, Best Wine Books of 2023

How fakes, fraudsters, and grape crusaders have shaped the world of wine.
This novel take on the history of wine reveals that, whether by adding toxic sweeteners or passing off counterfeit bottles, wine fraud is abundant—and as old as wine itself. Vintage Crime will intrigue even the most sated of wine drinkers with its juicy tales of deception, raising interesting questions along the way: what counts as wine, why do we drink it, and what makes a wine truly authentic?
The world of wine prides itself on its aura of respectability, but it has always had a murky side. Packed with engaging vignettes, Vintage Crime brings to life famous enthusiasts and crafty con artists from ancient Rome to modern-day California. It also introduces us to lesser-known industry figures: the scrupulous merchants, honest growers, and cutting-edge scientists who have led the fight against fraudsters. Author Rebecca Gibb holds the rare, sought-after distinction of Master of Wine, yet she writes in an engaging style that doesn’t require any prior wine knowledge, skillfully synthesizing popular wine histories for amateur sleuths and armchair sommeliers alike.

A portion of book royalties will be donated by the author towards finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Rebecca Gibb is an award-winning wine journalist, the author of The Wines of New Zealand, and a Master of Wine.

ISBN: 9780520385931

ISBN-10: 9780520385931

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 10/10/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/10/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 282

Language: English


Social Science / Agriculture & Food

True Crime / Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions

True Crime

History / Europe