One of our assignments was to compile and comment on a list of sources that could provide useful information for our blog. My bibliography includes a variety of books, websites, presentations, and newspaper and magazine articles in both English and French.

English-language Sources

Anderson, Kym. “Wine Globalization set to Continue.” OUP blog. Oxford University Press, 28 Sept. 2015. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

As its title suggest, this article by Australian economist Kym Anderson provides a useful overview of the continuing globalization of the wine industry. Anderson argues that the fall in transportation and communication costs has spurred the growth of a truly global wine industry. He also comments the rise of “New World” wines in recent years and its consequences for European wine producers. Anderson’s article is a good introduction for any reader interested in the issues facing a fast-changing wine industry.

“China is by far the world’s largest wine market.” The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc. 30 July 2015. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

While this Globe and Mail article is not lengthy, it is extremely informative. The growing taste for wine in China is profoundly impacting the wine industry as vintners are increasingly forced to cater to the Chinese market. The article provides some very interesting graphs that illustrate not only the volume of wine consumption in China but also its growth vis à vis other traditional wine markets like the United States and France.

Corsinovi, Paola and Davide Gaeta. Economics, Governance, and politics in the wine market. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Print.

Corsinovi and Gaeta’s work is an interesting and informative examination of the complex—almost Byzantine one could say—network of rules regulating the production of wine in Europe. Of particular interest is their exploration of the relationship and interaction between wine industry lobbyists and national and supra-national governing bodies. Europe continues to be the world’s largest wine-producing region and so Corsinovi and Davide’s book is an indispensable resource to understanding the state of wine production on the continent.

McIntyre, Dave. “Delectable or Vivino: A wine Critic Compares.” The Washington Post. The Washington Post, 10 Jul. 2014. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

“Delectable” and “Vivino” are two apps that allow users to record and post their wine tasting notes. Oenophiles can thus access users’ reviews and comments—literally—at the click of a button. Moreover, Vivino users can even use the app to order a wine that they liked. McIntyre’s article is fascinating because he demonstrates how new technologies and social media are changing and in many ways “democratizing” how wine is seen and consumed.

Vino Volo. Taste Inc., 2013. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

There are now close to 40 Vino Volo locations across North America, including one in Montreal. According to their website, the company aims to “demystify” wine by doing away with the snobbishness so often associate with wine bars and also to allow patrons to taste unique wines from all over the globe. The website is useful because, much like “Delectable” and “Vivino”, it reflects the increased “democratization” of wine and how changing consumer tastes are affecting how wine is marketed and consumed in North America.

Sources en français

Cubertafond, Martin. Entreprendre dans le vin: Stratégies 360° pour réussir sur le marché mondial du vin. Paris: Éditions Eyrolles, 2015. Print.

Cubertafond’s book is a thorough analysis of the requirements for success in the modern wine industry. While the book focuses on France, its lessons apply to all potential vintners. Chapter 6: “Un nouveau consommateur,” is especially interesting as it deals with the changing nature of wine consumers and their effects on wine prices and production. Chapter 17: “Sept exemples de stratégies gagnantes” is also interesting as Cubertafond gives examples of successful wine companies and vineyards and their innovative strategies for dealing with a changing market.

Febvet, Edith. “Le vin dans la mondialisation.” Lycéeadultes. n.p. 12 Dec. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.

Febvet provides an interesting examination of the process of the globalization of wine from a longue durée perspective, tracing its worldwide expansion from the colonial era onwards. Chapter 2: “Une nouvelle géographie vinicole” examines the expansion of winegrowing in countries such as India and China. Chapter 3: “Une viticulture transformée en profondeur dans le cadre du monde globalisé” has a very interesting section on the effects of industrialization on winegrowing and production. Febvet’s work provides a useful overview of the history of the wine industry and the changes brought about by globalization and industrialization.

Humbert, Fabien. “Les vins français dans la mondialisation.” Lenouveléconomiste. Le nouvel Économiste, 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.

Humbert’s article details what he views as the necessary measures for French wines to continue competing on the world stage. For example, Humbert calls for French wineries to group together so as to increase their influence and reach, like big wine groups such as Gallo do in the United States. The focus is solely on French wine but it is nevertheless informative as Humbert examines what traditional wine producers must do to remain relevant in an increasingly competitive market.

Joly, Virgile and Valérie Pladeau. “Qu’est ce qu’un vin bio?” SudVinBio Association Interprofessionelle. Montpelier. 28 Jan. 2014. Présentation.

Organic wines are gaining in popularity throughout the world. Virgile and Pladeau’s presentation details what exactly makes a wine organic and provides detailed statistics and maps about the growth of organic wine production in the different wine regions of France. Of particular interest is a breakdown of the different EU requirements concerning sulfites, additives and labeling for a wine to be designated organic, biodynamic, or natural. Although these different designations can easily be conflated, they mean very different things. Overall, it is a solid examination of organic winemaking and its future.

Simmat, Benoist. “Technologies: Le vin bouge.” Libération. Groupe PMP, 16 Jun. 2013. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

Technological changes continue to transform every aspect of modern life and the wine industry is no exception. Simmat’s article makes for a fascinating read about how technological innovations are transforming grape cultivation and wine production. For example, drones are increasingly used to monitor the state and health of grapevines. He organizes the article into four sections: “Raisins et vendanges”, “Vinification et élevage”, “Étiquetage et transport”, and “Distribution et dégustation”. This allows the reader to gain a clear understanding of the impact of new technologies on every aspect of wine production.

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