Geography of Wine.docx - Geography of Wine Wine effects human history and human life in todays world How can you study wine academically Diffusion o

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Geography of Wine 01/23/2017 ° Wine effects human history and human life in today’s world ° How can you study wine academically? Diffusion o Wine made from grapes o Grapes are grown all over earth Mostly temperate regions o What are the special needs? o Wine grapes Sub species of grapes This particular subspecies is from one place on earth about 10000 years ago 10k BC moving across the planet is diffusion wine is an economic activity of huge monetary value o grapes are most grown fruit on planet earth not bananas o not all grapes used for wines o from Mesopotamia to greco roman economies o California, Italy, china, argentina o Billions made each year o Most lucrative agricultural commodity Economy of wine o Upward growth curve True for the last 3k years o A lot of people drink a lot of wine o Per capita consumption
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° ° US for the first time took spot for total wine consumption o Not per capita o Gangbusters for 20 or 30 years o Every state has two or three different wineries o Wine sales surpassed sales of beer Unit volume people drink more beer o China will soon be #1 wine drinker You can buy wine that isn’t produced yet France Italy and spain o If there is a drought or too much rain Effects wine production All of the wine has to be produced somewhere o 21 million acres dedicated to wine o 8 or 9 billion gallons of wine produced every year o agricultural tourism doesn’t happen for other things just wine wine is a cultural activity o great defining value o it’s just fruit however it is fruit that is made into alcoholic beverage
o what they grow and what they eat is a corner stone of culture o cuisine o so important that the commodity itself becomes synonymous with the place wine started the trend health standpoint o epidemiology o positive effects o wine found to be very helpful to health and diet o heart disease and heart attacks lower in france even though the diet in france is more fatty French paradox They drink lots of red wine o Reservatrol Religions o Wine has elevated status o Jews have incorporated wine as part of their ritual o Christians Wine is blood of Christ o Symbiotic relationship o Some religions don’t tolerate alcohol Islam Forbade drinking of wine o Turkey Secular democracy Sin tax on wine in turkey Government for last decade is jeckle and hyde situation Grow it because it can help our economy, but wait we are Islamic so we have to punish these growers too history o Wars involved wine o Treaties that involved wine o British hate the French so much they put embargo on French wine Tried to grow wine in 13 colonies o 30 year cycle president of iran president of france meet up iran said there can be no wine at the state dinner French said I don’t think so Another head of state dinner happened This time the French complied Terroir
o French concept o Suggest that every parcel of planet earth is unique Why do you drink o It tastes good o It’s good for you Lowers stress and blood pressure o

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