GRAPE•A•HOL: How Big Business Is Subverting Artisan Winemaking and the Future of Fine Wine
The world is awash with wine – nearly 30 billion liters are produced every year. But how much is truly fine wine? Vastly less than what is claimed to be. By coining the term “Grape-a-hol” and defining it as “an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grape juice and passed off as a substitute for fine wine,” this book exposes the questionable practices of big business and the regulatory myopia of governments that are subverting artisan wine making, altering consumer tastes, and sabotaging the future of fine wine. Industry insiders themselves, the authors draw on their intimate knowledge of both the U.S. and New Zealand wine industries to reveal how the line between fine wine and bulk wine has become dangerously blurred. But it is not too late. Grape-a-hol is a rallying cry to everyone who believes it is only art – not economics – that can create truly fine wine.