Uncorking the Past

Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages
by Patrick E. McGovern (University of California Press, 2009)
In a lively tour around the world and through the millennia, Uncorking the Past tells the compelling story of humanity’s ingenious, intoxicating quest for the perfect drink. Following a tantalizing trail of archaeological, chemical, artistic, and textual clues, Patrick McGovern, the leading authority on ancient alcoholic beverages, brings us up to date on what we now know about how humans created and enjoyed fermented beverages across cultures.


Alfred E. Schuyler, Bartonia No. 65 (2011): 123-25

Jim Lapsley, “History of the hard stuff,” Nature 461 (Oct. 29, 2009), pp. 1213-14

Christine Ledding, Wine & Spirits, Feb., 2010,  p. 12
Ross Fitzgerald, Sydney Morning Herald, Books, Jan. 16-17, 2010,  p. 33
Gerald D. Boyd, A Holiday Wine Book Roundup

Will Brown, Wayward Tendrils, Jan., 2010, p. 18
Brian St. Pierre, Christmas Reads, Decanter, Jan. 2010,  p. 110.

Stuart Walton, The World of Fine Wine, Spring 2011

Gastronomica: forthcoming


Archaeological Institute of America Felicia A. Holton Honorable Mention Book Award