About Wine Wars
Wine Wars is a tale of curses, miracles and revenge. It tells the story of the market forces that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who oppose them. The book has received critical praise and was named (along with Benjamin Lewin’s In Search of Pinot Noir) 2011 Wine Book of the Year by the team at JancisRobinson.com.
Wine Wars also received the silver medal in ForeWord Review’s 2011 Business & Economics Book of the Year awards and was selected Best American Wine History Book 2011 by Gourmand International. The book jacket won first prize in the commercial publisher division at the Washington Book Publishers Design Awards. Click here to read a selection of reviews. Click here to view the list of Wine Wars World Tour speaking events.
Mike is currently working on his next book, Extreme Wine, which will be published in late 2013. A paperback edition of Wine Wars was released in October 2012.
About The Wine Economist blog
What do you get when you cross the Wine Spectator, America’s best-selling wine magazine, with the Economist, the world’s leading business weekly? The answer is the widely read industry blog, The Wine Economist, which analyzes and interprets today’s global wine markets.
Mike is professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is an authority on the political economy of globalization and the global wine market. Mike has also taught at the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Prague, 2005, 2006) and at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy, 1997). He was Academic Advisor to the award winning educational website for the PBS/WGBH series, The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002).
Mike was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. His 2005 book, Globaloney, was named a Best Business Book of 2005 by Library Journal. Mike earned the B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound (1972) and the M.S.(1974) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees in Economics from Purdue University.
- Extreme Wine: Searching the World for the Best, the Worst,. the Outrageously Cheap, the Insanely Overpriced and the Undiscovered. (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2013).
- Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011, 2012).
- Globaloney 2.0: The Crash of 2008 and the Future of Globalization. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).
- Globaloney: Unraveling the Myths of Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005),
- The New York Times’s Review of the 20th Century: The Rise of the Global Economy (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2002),
- Selling Globalization: The Myth of the Global Economy (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998) and
- Mountains of Debt: Crisis and Change in Renaissance Florence, Victorian Britain, and Postwar America (Oxford University Press, 1990).
Mike has also authored or co-authored innovative university textbooks in the fields of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Public Finance and International Political Economy.
Presentations and Videos
Mike is a frequent speaker at local, regional, national and international gatherings. Click here to see list of recent presentations.
This video includes a bit of my keynote speech at the Nederburg Auction in Paarl, South Africa in September 2012.
Mike interviewed on Well Read (June 2012)
Mike interviewed for Wine Press Northwest (February 2012)
Mike had an unexpectedly large part (larger than this brief trailer suggests) in Boom Varietal: The Rise of Argentine Malbec, a 2011 documentary.
This video was produced by the University of Puget Sound
Here is an older video where Mike is interviewed by an animated character named Roger Numbers.
Mike on a 2009 economic crisis panel discussion featuring journalist Todd Benjamin.