Empire of Vines traces the development of wine culture as grape growing expanded from New York to the Midwest before gaining ascendancy in California—a progression that illustrates viticulture's centrality to the nineteenth-century American projects of national expansion and the formation of a national culture.
2013 | 312 pages | Cloth $39.95
American History | Agriculture
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Grape Culture, National Culture
Chapter 1. Tributaries of the Grape
Chapter 2. Propagating Empire
Chapter 3. Landscapes of Fruit and Profit
Chapter 4. Fear of Hybrid Grapes and Men
Chapter 5. California Wine Meets Its "Destiny"
Chapter 6. The Danger of a Vineyard Romance
Epilogue: An Empire of Wine