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 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.
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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 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.
- Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated! (Rowman & Littlefield, August 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 local, regional, national and international gatherings. Click here to see list of recent presentations.
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.