Mike Veseth

mvlectureWall 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 editor of The Wine Economist blog and author of more than a dozen books including best-selling Wine Wars (2011),  Extreme Wine (2013) and Money, Taste & Wine:  It’s Complicated! (2015).

The Wine Economist was named 2015 “Best in the World” best 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. In 2013-2014, for example, Mike discussed global market conditions at the “State of the Industry” session at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento and addressed industry groups in the UK, Australia, Portugal, South Africa, Napa Valley, Oregon, Italy and Argentina.  Click on “The World Tour” link to see where Mike’s been recently and where he is going next.

Scroll down for more information and video clips of Mike in action.


wv3Mike 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 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.  Wine Wars was named a 2011 Wine Book of the Year by JancisRobinson.com.

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. He is a trustee of the University of Puget Sound.

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.

Selected Publications

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.



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.


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.


14 responses

  1. Hi Mike, My Brother Mark gave me Wine Wars for our anniversary. I just finished it and I wanted to let you know I loved it. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun reading. Thanks! Hope to see you at the Wine Wall at the Met! Vive les Terroirists!
    Pete and Christy Hoffman

  2. Mike, Thank you for your blog. I am a student and Monterey Institute of International Studies and currently working on a casestudy of bringing Constellations Brands into BRIC markets. Thank you for shedding light on Brazil, where they were and where they are going. An interesting time in the wine world. cheers!


  3. Aloha Mike, last night we had a few friends over for our blind Two Buck Chuck tasting. The wines were a 2011 De Loach Pinot, 2011 Erath Pinot, Bistro Pinot (French no year given), 2009 Toscana 1967, TBC CS, and a Franzia Chianti in a box! Well, the results could not have been more shocking. 3 out of 4 of us chose the Francia boxed Chianti and the 4th chose the TBC as our favorite!! It was wonderful. I had never bought wine in a box before and probably never would have if it hadn’t been for Wine Wars. Now a question: According to the DaVino code Chianti has to come from Tuscany but this box says “product of Argentina”. How can this be? Is this just Franzia and Argentina thumbing their nose at Italy?

    • I’m not a lawyer, but my understanding is that some US wineries were grandfathered in when we agreed to the international appellation standards. They could continue to use names like Burgundy and Chablis even though the wines were not from those regions in France, for example. That’s why we have Cook’s California Champagne, which of course isn’t Champagne at all. My guess is that Franzia was grandfathered in for use of the Chianti name and is taking full advantage of that fact.

      • That decision must have set Franco-American relations back ten years. Like wise with Italia.

  4. Hi Mike
    A small winegrower in Australia (The Bridge Vineyard) thinks that if a dry economist can write wine books (extreme wine) with out prejudice and include a” That’s right” then the next big thing is a juicy bright ruby lipped book of poetry about some small wine grower from anywhere or every where. A great read -That’s a challenge.

  5. Mike,

    I love your work. Unfortunately, I just listened to the audio version of Extreme Wine, and the narrator was terrible. He mispronounced, or simply misread the majority of your text. I hate to see such great thought ruined by improper interpretation. I’ll certainly buy the hard copy, but just wanted to give you my feedback.


  6. Mike

    I’ve really enjoyed reading some of the articles on your site. I read from the wine tourism conference that a leading trend in many markets was the combination of wine and activity ie people’s hobbies/passions such as cookery courses or cycling holidays. This is an area of interest for me – are you aware of any research / stats / articles that explore this further which you could point me to please?

    Best regards


  7. Mike, I stumbled across your blog while researching my new blog. …and hopefully it morphs into a book. Would love to get to know you. We are very like-minded.
    also, I plan on being in Seattle later this year, and would enjoy meeting you.
    Trader Bill

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