In From Demon to Darling: The Legal History of Wine In America, lawyer and wine maker Richard Mendelson offers an accessible introduction to American wine law. Why is this interesting? Because American policy toward wine (and alcohol) has alternatively made the beverage a source of evil or a celebration of cultural achievement. The duality is certainly worth review, and Mendelson’s approach makes for a unique take on food ways history. Out from University of California Press.

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