American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story


The underdog story of how the United States came to dominate fine wine
From the author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution comes the triumphant tale of how America belted France from atop its centuries-old pedestal as the world’s top wine-producing and -drinking nation. Until the mid-1970s, American fine wine was an international also-ran. Then a series of events and a group of individuals changed everything forever. This is that story. All the big players and milestones are here, from the Judgment of Paris and the French Paradox to Julia Child and Robert Parker. Told in a fast-moving, engaging style free of wine jargon, it is the first of its kind: a book focused solely on the rise of fine wine in the United States since the early 1960s, in California and elsewhere, and how that rise altered the way the world drinksfor better or worse.

Meet the Author

TOM ACITELLI is the author of American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story and The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. He is the beer critic for and writes the “Acitelli on History” column for All About Beer magazine. He has also written on both topics, wine and beer, for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View and; and has expounded on both for media as disparate as the BBC, Fox News, Men’s Health and Travel + Leisure. He lives and drinks, mostly mild ales, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his family. Learn more at is a hub for booklovers and dedicated to on-the-rise authors that readers may not have heard of. For readers constantly in search of new titles, authors and ideas for their next read, BookTrib will introduce them under-the-radar writers who might be a perfect match. BookTrib has it all: new and noteworthy, exclusive reviews, video interviews, the hottest book podcasts, and all the buzz to enhance readers' understanding and enjoyment of books and up and coming authors. Top-notch contributors. In-the-know content partners. Expert recommendations. Behind-the-scenes peeks. is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a 25-year-old literary marketing, publicity and social media firm. Visit

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