From Terrain to Brain: Forays into the Many Sciences of Wine


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From Terrain to Brain: Forays into the Many Sciences of Wine Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Inc
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Pages: 272 Illustrations and other contents: 37 Language: English ISBN: 9780197640319 Categories: ,

An exploration of how the many sciences of wine can enhance our appreciation and enjoyment of wine. In From Terrain to Brain, Professor Erika Szymanski makes wine science accessible to non-experts. Rather than approach wine science as body of facts about wine, Szymanski explores how wine science can open up multiple ways of seeing, understanding, and appreciating wine. Too often, wine science is presented as a comprehensive body of knowledge that enthusiasts aiming to become experts should memorize. This book instead uses scientific research to explore wine as an endlessly rich cultural phenomenon. By foregrounding recent research and developments in wine science, From Terrain to Brain presents wine science as a work-in-progress rather than a codified body of knowledge. Each chapter takes readers on a journey or “foray” through a topic in wine science, such as minerality, climate, microbiome, and yeast. Chapters are organized from “terrain” (geography, terroir, soil) and cell “membrane” (microbiology) through “brain” (the experience of tasting) and “drain” (sustainability). Throughout, From Terrain to Brain emphasizes that wine science, wine culture, and tradition are interconnected and places scientific research in social and historical context.

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Author Biography

Erika Szymanski is an assistant professor of rhetoric of science at Colorado State University. After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology, she earned an M.A. in English rhetoric and composition, followed by a Ph.D. in science communication from the University of Otago. She completed post-doctoral work in science and technology studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her current work investigates microbe-human working relations in contemporary biotechnologies.