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The commentator may have had a point; after all, write Don and Petie Kladstrup, it was a well-known fact that Adolf Hitler did not like wine. Still, their leader's teetotalism notwithstanding, the Germans showed no distaste for French wine when they invaded France in 1940. Indeed, among the first acts of the occupying army was to seize great stores of wine, sending tens of thousands of barrels to the Third Reich and ordering the conversion of thousands of hectares of vineyards into war production.
Some French vintners, the Kladstrups write in this enjoyable study, went along with orders. Many others, however, including the heads of distinguished houses like Moët et Chandon, engaged in daring and dangerous acts of resistance wherever they could. Some lied about their yields; others built false walls to hide precious vintages; and still others concocted elaborate ruses, such as sprinkling carpet dust into inferior grades of new wine to give it a musty, distinguished flavor. Not every German was fooled, and some partisans of the grape died for their troubles. But some Germans, at considerable risk to themselves, also looked the other way. The Kladstrups fill their pages with memories of the wine war from both sides of the struggle, stories sometimes somber, sometimes amusing, that commemorate those "whose love of the grape and devotion to a way of life helped them survive and triumph over one of the darkest and most difficult chapters in French history." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Good book on an interesting historical topic, book in good condition - is to be a gift.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting book on WW2 history & human interest. Courage & character displayed!Published 8 days ago by MMS
So interesting to read of the survival of the French wine industry.Published 24 days ago by Caroline Stolzenburg
A real joy for any wine connoisseur. A great geography and war history novel along with the very good informative wine lesson. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlie Parker
In the beginning, I had almost put the book down, I had used it mainly as a sleep aid because it had bored me. But after the first chapter, I could not get enough. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anon
I read this while sipping champagne on a French Barge on the Marne..... Was a wonderful companion.Published 1 month ago by barbara johnsen
Wine and War is a very interesting collection of true stories concerning how the French wine growers and wine merchants dealt with the Nazis after France was occupied in WWII.Published 2 months ago by Alan L. Bartlett
This is a very interesting read in what is becoming an increasingly common category, books on small aspects of WWII. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer