• History of Wine in 10 Glasses

  • By: Paul Wagner
  • Narrated by: Paul Wagner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the Bible to Benjamin Franklin, from the cuneiform tablets of the ancient Sumerians to the dinner tables of modern bistros, wines have always been a part of civilization, culture, and history. Every country in the world has a special relationship with wine and takes a unique approach to the making, serving, and enjoying of it. Wine is an expression of the hopes, dreams, and cultures of the people who make it, so what better way to learn about the countries of the world than by learning about their wines?

Grab a glass, and travel around the world with Professor Paul Wagner, a viticulture and winery technology instructor at Napa Valley College. 

Starting in the Caucasus Mountains, you’ll get a taste of ancient history and a lesson on the first wines ever, as well as the gods who were believed to bring them to us. From there, you’ll make stops in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Hungary, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and all the way to modern times in America with a look at California wines and the wines from Latin America. 

With each location, you open the door to a better understanding of countries around the world, while gaining a deeper appreciation of the wines they serve.

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About the Creator and Performer

Paul Wagner is a Viticulture & Winery Technology Instructor at Napa Valley College. He is also a guest lecturer at many universities, including the University of Rovira i Virgili, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Porto. He has judged more than 100 international wine competitions and has spoken at more than 80 conferences throughout the world on wine, wine tourism, wine education, public affairs, and wine marketing.
Mr. Wagner is the coauthor of Wine Marketing & Sales: Success Strategies for a Saturated Market, which won the Gourmand Award for the best wine book for professionals in 2007 and is now in its third edition. He is also the author of Artisan Public Relations: A Hands-On Guide to Getting Your Food & Beverage Creations the Attention They Deserve and coauthor of Wine Sales and Distribution: The Secrets to Building a Consultative Selling Approach. He was a columnist for Vineyard & Winery Management magazine for 10 years, and he previously served on the board of directors for the Society of Wine Educators.
Mr. Wagner is also a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications; consultant for the International Wine & Food Society, London Branch; member of the nominations committee for the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame; and member of the Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference advisory board. He was inducted into the Spadarini della Castellania di Soave in 2005, and in 2009, he was honored with a Life Dedicated to Wine award at the Feria Nacional del Vino (FENAVIN) in Spain. In 2018, he received the American Wine Society’s annual Award of Merit, joining such luminaries as Robert Mondavi and Gina Gallo, and was named the winner of the McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award at Napa Valley College.

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A most delicious Sunday afternoon

This is wonderfully concise, colorful, and well- balanced. Like a glass of good wine. As an alternative to physical travel, this book transports with a round the world ticket that explores the top regions of wine production, and how they came to be.

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Good short introduction into history of wine

I genuinely enjoyed listening to this short introduction into history of wine. The book is well structured, full of interesting anecdotes and it's lightness fits well the audiobook format.

However, I was quite worried that despite being a novice in wine and not a historian I found 2 historical inaccuracies myself:
1. Author claims that Madeira wine was used as ballast on ships sailing to the New World because it was so bad that nobody wanted to drink it and only by accident they discovered it's actually quite good after returning back from New World. First of all, that does not sound really convincing to me. If nobody intended to drink the wine, they could have used barrels filled with water - that would be cheaper. Or more simply, they could use rocks. I'd argue they took Madeira barrels as ballast to drink it on the way and refill ballast with something else. Second, I always read that Madeira was a decent wine, but aging in high temperature conditions when sailing around equator only made it better.
2. In chapter about Austrian and Hungarian wines author refers to Attila's and Magyar's raids in Europe saying: "Attila the Hun and his Magyar horsemen". This is not a wine-related mistake but a big one. Attila the Hun raided falling Roman Empire in 5th century. Magyars arrived in Central Europe only in 9th century. They both raided Europe but there is quite a gap of more than 400 years between their presence.

One last note: The book is narrated for US audience. However, for me as European it was not a big problem.

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Just Plain Fun!

If you pay attention, you’ll have a list of wines from round the globe to try. You can sense the author’s passion for his work. I wish I could be a student in his classes! Salud!!

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great way to learn more about wines of the world

very enjoyable and interesting. gave me some ideas for wines to try in the future

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Quite a few errors.

Listened to thins hoping to learn something new. He makes wine into a fun story but makes quite a few inaccuracies along the way.

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Two of My Favorites

I really enjoyed hearing the stories behind how the great wines of the world originated. Delightful listen for anyone who loves both history and wine.

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Superb

Excelente libro, te da una cátedra de la historia del vino!!! Supe recomen Ake y muy fácil de digerir ...

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What a joy

Insightful, concise, passionate and fun! Learned a lot about the history of wine with lots of nuggets of fun stories to share with friends

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very nice

it was very informative. I learned sloy about wines..glad I listened to it. willreccomend it to others.

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I love wine so this was interesting

I have visited some of the places MR. Wagner discusses, which makes it even more interesting and fun.