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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.
The books reads like a novel and I definitely recommend it for history and wine buffs.
The authors have made an interesting collection of anecdotes into a fine story full of charm, humor, drama, danger and a dash of treason that reads like a good novel.
This book recounts the French wine industry's response to Nazi occupation during World War II.
Giving this book to restaurant owner. Fabulous real story for our foodie generation.Published 7 days ago by Laurie Mayer
This is a brilliant book. A fast "cannot put it down" style. I borrowed the book from a friend to read, loved it so much had to have my own copy to read again. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kim Scott Melin Aussie Girl
Wine and War is an excellent resource for the non-French to truly understand wine as a "backbone' industry for France. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Claire M Kelly
This book is very interesting! And, a marvelous way to enrichen one's knowledge of a horrific chapter in history. Read morePublished 9 days ago by susan schroeder livera
The writing is good but it seems more like a series of unconnected "shorts" rather than one continuous tale.Published 14 days ago by SewMom
If you have an interest in WWII and French wine this book should belong on your bookshelf.
Rather than sharing this book, I'll read it again in a few months, it is a keeper.
It's a book every wine lover must read. It depicts snippets of stories of wine passion, theft, possessiveness and much more. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Pushkar
Simply fantastic. This book is enthralling in the way it conveys the heart and soul of the people involved with the wine and the war.Published 1 month ago by Lisa Fidder