Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague writes that “Of all the wine blogs in the wide, wide blogosphere, one that I look forward to reading the most is Mike Veseth’s Wine Economist. There’s nothing else quite like it—a blend of economic insight … and often irreverent winespeak.”
Economist Mike Veseth (pronounced VEE-seth) is an authority on global wine markets who travels the world studying wine economics and speaking to wine industry groups. He reports his discoveries on this blog, The Wine Economist, and in more than a dozen books including Wine Wars (2011), Extreme Wine (2013) and Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated! (2015).
Around the World in Eighty Wines (2018), received the Gourmand International award for best U.S. wine tourism book and is included on BookAuthority.com’s lists of the “Best Wine Books of All Time” and (#2) “Best Wine Audiobooks of All Time.”
Wine Wars II: The Global Battle for the Soul of Wine (2022) received a special Gourmand International award for outstanding “Sustainability & Wine” book.
The Wine Economist was named 2015 “Best in the World” wine blog by Gourmand International. Money Taste, and Wine received the 2016 Gourmand International award for “Best in the World” wine writing.
Mike speaks frequently at national and international wine conferences. Click on “The World Tour” link to see where Mike’s been recently and where he is going next.
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Mike Veseth is professor emeritus of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is an authority on globalization and the global wine market. Mike was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His 2005 book Globaloney was selected as a Best Business Book of 2005 by Library Journal. JancisRobinson.com’s annual book review named Wines Wars a Wine Book for the Year in 2011.
Mike has also taught at the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems in Prague and at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Italy. He was Academic Advisor to the award winning educational website for the PBS/WGBH series, The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy.
Mike earned the B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Purdue University.
- Wine Wars II: The Global Battle for the Soul of Wine (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).
- Around the World in Eighty Wines (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018, paperback 2020).
- Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated! (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
- Extreme Wine: Searching the World for the Best, the Worst, the Outrageously Cheap, the Insanely Overpriced and the Undiscovered. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013, paperback 2015).
- Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011, paperback 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 regional, national, and international wine industry meetings. Click here to see a list of recent presentations.
Here is a brief video from our 2022 visit to the Agriverde Winery in Abruzzo, Italy.
2019 Porto conference on Climate Change and Wine.
A 2018 interview at the Washington Winegrowers annual meetings.
A 2018 television interview about Around the World in Eighty Wines.
A 2017 interview with Natalie MacLean, editor of Canada’s largest wine review site, on her “Sunday Sipper Club” Facebook Live program.
2016 interview at the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s 1st Global Conference on Wine Tourism in Tbilisi, Georgia.
2015 interview at the California Association of Winegrape Growers meetings in Napa, California.
2015 interview at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the largest wine industry gathering in the Western Hemisphere.
Juneau, Alaska World Affairs Council presentation in February 2015.
Here’s a highlights video from Wine Vision, 2014 in London.
An interview with BeverageDaily.com editor Ben Bouckley at Wine Vision 2014, the global wine conference that was held in London in November 2014.
Here is a video of my keynote at Savour Australia 2013 in Adelaide, Australia (September 2013). Click here to see the speech and the slides together on one page.
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.