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‘Wine Wars’ focus of lecture by economist

Mike Veseth“Wine Wars: A Tale of Curses, Miracles and Revenge” will be the focus of a lecture by Mike Veseth, an economist, author, editor or co-author of more than a dozen books.

The lecture will be Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. It is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Departments of Business and Economics and the Linfield Center for the Northwest.

Veseth is the Robert G. Albertson Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is the author of “Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck and the Revenge of the Terroirists.” The book tells the story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces.

Veseth also writes a well known wine blog, “The Wine Economist,” (http://wineeconomist.com), described as a cross between the Wine Spectator and the Economist, which analyzes and interprets today’s global wine markets. Veseth reviews books, offers commentary on topics such as “natural vs. authentic wine” and biodynamic viticulture, wine tourism and a variety of other topics.

Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “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….As of this month, Professor Veseth’s thoughts are available in long form. He’s just published a book entitled “Wine Wars” in which he tackles economic forces as diverse as Two Buck Chuck (he’s a fan), the oft-debated descent of ‘real’ wine into ‘McWine,’ and much else. It’s more business book than guide to wine — but students of wine as well as the economy will find much to enlighten and even entertain, thanks to Professor Veseth’s readable style.”

Veseth is also the author of “Globaloney 2.0: The Crash of 2008 and the Future of Globalization,” “Globaloney: Unraveling the Myths of Globalization,” “The New York Times’ Review of the 20th Century: The Rise of the Global Economy” among others.

Veseth has 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.”

Veseth has received a number of teaching awards and academic honors. His book “Globaloney” was named a Best Business Book of 2005 by “Library Journal.” He was appointed to the Albertson Professorship in 2007 and named Washington Professor of the Year in 2010.

Veseth has a bachelor’s from UPS and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University.

For more information, call 503-883-2405.