Vino Business

  • by Isabelle Saporta
  • Narrated by Kristin Kalbli
  • 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Already provoking debate and garnering significant attention in France and within the wine world, Vino Business is a surprising and eye-opening book about the dark side of French wine by acclaimed investigative journalist Isabelle Saporta.
While Bordeaux has been a bastion of winemaking tradition and excellence for centuries, in recent decades the industry has changed dramatically under the influence of large-scale international investors. French insurance companies, international fashion houses, and Chinese businessmen are all speculating on the area's wines and land, some of whose value has increased tenfold in the last decade alone. Saporta investigates in detail the 2012 classification of the wines of Saint-Émilion, the most prestigious appellation of Bordeaux's right bank, which has come into disrepute, not least because the scoring system was changed in order to give points for a châteaux's lecture facilities and the size of its parking lot.
A shocking exposé of the French wine world and a cri de coeur for the lost values of traditional winemaking, Vino Business pulls back the curtain on the secret domain of Bordeaux, a land ever more in thrall to the grapes of wealth.

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Unlistenable

The narrator's overdone French accent for every French word was too distracting to continue. Book returned. While I didn't make it to the end, the author used a tone that indicated a bias, rather than a more objective journalistic style.
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- Stephen J Lee

Great Exposé on the Wine Business!

This book was really well written. As a wine professional, I found it immensely engaging and thoroughly informative of the underbelly of the wine world. My only complaint is that the narrator was so ridiculous with the French pronunciations that it quickly became excessively irritating. I appreciate that she can obviously speak French, but seriously- we get it. Dial it down a notch. Other than that, great book!
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- J. Doom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios