Fact, lore and fantasy, Richard has seen, heard or drunk them all. . . and we get to tag along with glass in hand. Just Enjoy!" — Joe Borello, President, Tasters Guild International
"Profound knowledge, a lifetime passion for wine and a close personal relationship to many winemakers are reflected in this book. This is wine info-tainment at its best." — Dr. Thomas Driesberg, Director, Weinguter Wegeler, Germany
"Dr. Vine is uniquely qualified to enrich the saga that is wine with keen observation and deep understanding of the players and events he personally encountered . . ." — Agustin Huneeus, Proprietor, Quintessa Vineyards, Napa Valley, Veramonte Winery,
"Dick Vine had a brainwave: bottle up all the really juicy wine stories together and pour them with a sparkle." — Hugh Johnson, Author, The World Atlas of Wine -
"This excellent work reflects a passion. The enlightened wine connoisseur will find in this book a new way of thinking about the world of wine." — Christian POL-ROGER, Director, Champagne Pol-Roger, France
"Professor Vine’s most entertaining recitals of the romance of wine reveal to us how important it has been in the daily lives of our ancestors. . ." — Jan Shrem, Founder/Proprietor, Clos Pegase Winery, Napa Valley
About the Author
Born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Richard Vine began his wine-making career in 1958 at the Pleasant Valley Wine Company (Great Western) in Hammondsport. While first a cellar worker and then a laboratory technician, he was promoted to winemaker and assumed responsibility for more than six million bottles of annual wine production. In 1977, Vine accepted a research position at Mississippi State University, where he earned his baccalaureate and doctorate degrees while also writing the first of four academic wine books.
Purdue University gave Dr. Vine the call in 1991 to fill their initial professor of enology position. In 1999, Purdue dedicated a wine library in his name at the Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science. During his university tenures, he was also the wine consultant for American Airlines for twenty-one years.