Joshua Dunning was born in Stoke-on-Trent and raised in Cannock, Staffordshire. After a brief spell working as a labourer, he returned to education and obtained a degree in Economics and a masters in Supply Chain Management, going on to work for numerous multinationals. Having not grown up around wine, Joshua’s interest piqued in his mid-20s, following a series of fortuitous experiences. He soon began buying as much wine as he could afford, as well as absorbing wines ‘literary canon’—including many older texts. Then, shortly after visiting Piedmont in 2018 he launched his blog Word on the Grapevine, using digital media to showcase winegrowing and share insights. Since then—now working in finance—Joshua has travelled extensively, worked harvests in Burgundy and written for numerous institutions and publications.
Post–World War II, global wine production underwent a rapid and profound transformation. New developments in wine science from Montpellier, Geisenheim, and Bordeaux helped clean up wine,