"Wine & War"
There are hundreds of books that have been written about wine. Some are
informative, some are educations and not too many are fun to read,
unless you are a total wine geek.
Some of the more popular books like "Napa" or "Rise and fall of the
Mondavi's" were good sellers and good reading. Books like these give
you local history or individual history.
Aside from being a wine geek, I also enjoy history. So, you ask, where
am I going with this? I recently read a fascinating book called "Wine
& War" by Donald and Petie Kladstrup. This book, written in 2002,
describes the struggles that the French wineries encountered during
France is a county that considers wine their most important resource.
It is their passion, their livelihood, their way of life. Everything
revolves around wine. So when the war broke out, all the wineries did
their best to protect their wines.
It is very difficult for me to talk about the book without discussing
it in detail. But the major regions of France, Bordeaux, Rhone, Alsace
and Burgundy literally scrambled to save their wine. I have personally
been to several of the wineries discussed in the book, and as I was
reading the book, I could not help from placing myself at these wineries
during their difficult times.
It's the passion, the commitment, the pride that allowed most of these
wineries and families to somehow survive the war.
I will leave you with only one tidbit from the book. France was
occupied in 1939. That was the worst vintage of the century. France was
liberated in 1945. That was the best vintage of the century up to that
time and one of the best vintages ever.
I hope you enjoy the book as well as I did
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