Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Monday, December 2 2013

The Library : Postmodern Winemaking

By: Anthony Gismondi
Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft, by Clark Smith

The book I most enjoyed reading this year was Postmodern Winemaking: Rethinking the Modern Science of an Ancient Craft, $35, by Clark Smith, a winemaker for Diamond Ridge Vineyards and his WineSmith Cellars.

Smith consults with hundreds of winemakers, is an adjunct professor at Fresno State University and lectures widely on wine chemistry fundamentals. The book covers a wide range of hot-button winemaking topics and the many choices available to the post-modern winemaker in pursuit of making what few do: complex wines. It's a must read for winemakers, budding sommeliers and for those interested in coming to grips with the science of wine.

Rated: The Very Curious Oenophile



  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (Nov. 2 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520282590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520282599
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g

$35.00 on Amazon.ca

About The Library

We read as much as we write here on GOW. The Library is a personal list of recommended books to stock your wine library shelves with, including purchasing information from Amazon.ca. 

Our rating system includes:

The Very Curious Oenophile – detailed reads on wine, people, places. For wine geeks.
Wine Reference Library – worthwhile reference you will refer to often
Wine and Food Enthusiasts – pairing and enjoying life’s best things
The Muscadet of Books – light and easy to enjoy and understand

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.