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The wandering vine : wine, the Romans and me

Caplan, Nina2018
Nina Caplan, award-winning wine and travel writer, goes in search of the founding myths of our oenophilic civilisation. Her journey takes her from a very personal case of her father's champagne arriving at her doorstep in Essex in 2003, through Northern France, Champagne, the Rhone, into Northern Spain, Andalucia and on into Sicily, and finally to Rome where it all began - when the Romans cultivated the first vines, eventually brought to England by their Celtic adversaries, the Gauls. Following the Roman Empire she sets out from England, one of the best places to buy wine in the world but only now beginning to make fine wines ourselves - from there to Burgundy, home of the Aedui tribe; on to the French medieval monasteries where the monks' need for wine for the Eucharist led to a profound knowledge of viticulture; through Avignon, home for many years to wine-loving popes in exile; Bordeaux, where English tastes were fed by French vines; Barcelona and Granada where one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra still contains the Puerta del Vino or 'Wine Gate'. Finally Nina arrives in Rome, seat of wine-loving Emperors and birthplace of an Empire that conquered half the known world.
London : Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018.
xii, 333 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
"An enchanting new departure in travel writing by award winning food and wine journalist Nina Caplan"--back cover.
1.England: Rootlessness -- 2.Champagne: Resilience -- 3.Burgundy: Rivalry -- 4.The Rhone: Roots -- 5.Catalonia: Trade -- 6.Andalusia: Yearning -- 7.Sicily: Memory -- 8.Campania: Resurrection -- 9.Rome: Power.
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