The Wandering Vine: Wine, the Romans and Me

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Award-winning food and travel writer Nina Caplan goes in search of the founding myths of our wine-loving culture. From the chalky terroirs of Champagne, where prestige winemakers produce the most expensive bottles available on earth, to the rocky outcrops of Spain, via plucky English vineyards at their mere beginnings and modern craftsmen employing ancient methods of winemaking in Roman amphorae, she blends history with personal discovery, uncovers Jewish customs and Roman, and, of course, pairs fantastic wine with delicious food.

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WINNER OF THE FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS DEBUT DRINK BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
WINNER OF THE LOUIS ROEDERER INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018

‘Wine is alive, ageing and changing, but it’s also a triumph over death. These grapes should rot. Instead they ferment. What better magic potion could there be, to convey us to the past?’

Impelled by a dual thirst, for wine and for knowledge, Nina Caplan follows the vine into the past, wandering from Champagne’s ancient chalk to the mountains of Campania, via the crumbling Roman ruins that flank the river Rhône and the remote slopes of Priorat in Catalonia. She meets people whose character, stubbornness and sometimes, borderline craziness makes their wine great: an intrepid Englishman planting on rabbit-infested Downs, a glamorous eagle-chasing Spaniard and an Italian lawyer obsessed with reviving Falernian, legendary wine of the Romans. In the course of her travels, she drinks a lot and learns a lot: about dead conquerors and living wines, forgotten zealots and – in vino veritas, as Pliny said – about herself.

In this lyrical and charming book, Nina Caplan drinks in order to remember and travels in order to understand the meaning of home. This is narrative travel writing at its best.

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Weight 0.254 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
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Paperback

Pages

xiv, 333

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

641.22 (edition:23)

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General – Trade / Code: K