Postmodern Winemaking

Rethinking The Modern Science Of An Ancient Craft

by Clark Smith

In Postmodern Winemaking, Clark Smith shares knowledge he has accumulated in engaging, humorous, and erudite essays that convey a new vision of the winemaker's craft--one that credits the crucial roles played by both science and art in the winemaking process. Smith, a leading innovator in red wine production techniques, explains how traditional enological education has led many winemakers astray--enabling them to create competent, consistent wines while putting exceptional wines of structure and mystery beyond their grasp. Great wines, he claims, demand a personal and creative engagement with many elements of the process. His lively exploration of the facets of postmodern winemaking, together with profiles of some of its practitioners, is both entertaining and enlightening.

"I love this book: it’s brave, provocative, and fun. Smith has a writing style that’s engaging and that enlivens what would otherwise risk being indigestible wine science. This is a significant contribution to the literature on winemaking." --Jamie Goode, author of The Science of Wine and Authentic Wine

"This book should be required reading for all winemakers, aspiring winemakers, and anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of wine."--Joel Peterson, founder, Ravenswood Winery

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In 2008, I sold my wine technology service business to teach and write. My entire focus is to pay the debts I accrued when the market collapsed and to support the emerging American wine industry. You can help me keep our light bill paid when you purchase the following recommended books for which generally has the highly competitive prices. As an partner, we receive 10% for purchases you complete through this site, and it costs you nothing. My personal thanks for your support.  - Clark Smith

Recommended Books by Clark Smith

Knowing and Making Wine


Wine Science, Fourth Edition: Principles and Applications (Food Science and Technology)

Chemistry Made Simple

Books Featuring Clark Smith

The Science of Wine: From Vine to Glass

Real Wine: The Rediscovery of Natural Winemaking

An Ideal Wine: One Generation's Pursuit of Perfection - and Profit - in California

Authentic Wine: Toward Natural and Sustainable Winemaking

The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization


Suggested Texts

Wine Science, Third Edition: Principles and Applications (Food Science and Technology)


Wine Analysis & Production

Principles and Practices of Winemaking

Chemistry Made Simple

Techniques for Chemical Analysis and Stability Tests of Grape Juice and Wine

Wine, Terroir and Climate Change

Knowing and Making Wine


Recommended General Wine References

About Wine 2nd (second) Edition by Henderson, J. Patrick, Rex, Dellie [2011]

American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wine Producers of the USA


Articles by Clark Smith

From 'Postmodern Winemaking' column in Wines & Vines

Wine's lunatic heroes.

The solution problem: overcoming enology

Creating conditions for graceful aging

Creating conditions for graceful aging

Building structure: the tool kit

Oak reconsidered: its seven functions

Grahm's prophecies come to fruition

Vineyard enology: the power of showing up

Astringency and harmony in tannins

New power tools for winemaking

New World identity: terroir reformation

Speculations about minerality

Mountain magic: extreme terroir

Biodynamics and the limits of rationalism

Latest power tool nails winemaking

Phenolic chemistry and winemaking

Natural wine nonsense

Phenolic chemistry and winemaking

Integrated Brett Management

Liquid music: resonance in wine

Thinking like a grape

Some like it hot

Adjusting acidity with membranes

Winemaker interview: Clark Smith co-founder of vinovation is wary of technology

(ENOLOGY)(Interview): An article from: Wines & Vines