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By Marc Millon

Look. Swirl. Sniff. flavor. appreciate. even if you’re tasting a clean white or an fragrant crimson, those famous steps are the one proper way to take the 1st sip of wine.
 
Oenophiles have by no means been infrequent, yet over the last decade, wine tradition has exploded. novice wine lovers subscribe to committed creditors at tastings and on winery holidays, and younger execs pack fashionable wine bars. Even Hollywood has gotten in at the action—movies like Sideways, Bottle Shock, and French Kiss relate the deep love we have now for a pitcher of pinot noir, a bottle of chardonnay, and the grapes that produce them. yet how did wine surpass all different drinks to accomplish international domination? In Wine, Marc Millon travels again to the origins of contemporary guy to discover the reply, gaining knowledge of that this heady drink is intertwined with the roots of civilization itself.
 
Wine takes us from Transcaucasia a few 8 thousand years in the past around the Mediterranean Sea, following wine because it unfold in addition to classical civilization all through Europe, and exhibiting how, because of the myths of Dionysus and Bacchus, some of the significant wine-producing areas have been validated in Western Europe. Millon then information how the Spanish conquistadors first introduced ecu grapes to the recent international to advance wines for the Catholic mass, and he depicts how wine construction traveled to the far away lands of Australia and New Zealand. this present day, it really is even a part of the burgeoning economies of India and China. Millon additionally explores the kinds of wine built in every one quarter, describing the numerous different types of grapes and the method of fermentation and storage.
 
Crisp and concise, with a touch of cherry and a soupcon of citrus, Wine presents the suitable advent for wine beginners trying to galvanize at their first tasting whereas providing a fascinating chronicle for specialists trying to examine extra approximately this such a lot mysterious and magical of beverages.

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Indeed, throughout the Middle Ages and beyond, when water supplies could often be suspect, wine was considered positively health-giving. As repositories of knowledge and learning, monasteries promoted extensive and painstaking research into the cultivation of the grape, for surely the production of the best wines was seen as a way of honouring the glory of God (as well as of satisfying earthly desires). The technology of winemaking was improved by the monks, and medieval monastic cellars were as advanced as any in the world, with immense beam presses and cellars full of wooden vats for the storage of wine.

Few vineyard areas were to escape its ravages, save those whose roots lay in near pure sand, as in parts of the French Languedoc. All the rest were destroyed, one by one, a catastrophe that devastated the economies and livelihoods of winegrowers throughout France. Vineyards were fumigated in an attempt to eradicate the pest, but ultimately most succumbed, in many cases never to be replanted. P. vastatrix was not only voracious, but also fast-moving, and eventually spread across the vineyards of Europe by the 1920s.

For indeed, rather than celebrating the immense biodiversity of V. vinifera and the myriad grape varieties from which wines are made, are we not, in fact, seeing an ever decreasing number of grape varieties used to produce the wines that most people drink? The rise and rise of global brands means that, increasingly and sadly, the wealth of indigenous, local grapes with names known to few is being replaced by a mere handful of so-called international varieties known and recognized by their safe, familiar names and flavours.

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