- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (October 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671687026
- ISBN-13: 978-0671687021
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vintage: The Story of Wine Hardcover – October, 1989
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What I enjoy about the historical approach is that it helps me understand just how modern wine styles evolved. For example, seeing the influence of the Napoleanic wars on British purchasing and subsequent development of new wines (like Port) was interesting.
What's the big deal? Why so many books, why such intense feeling? Wine is just the fermented juice of grapes. Yes, and music is just organized noise and sex is merely one of the ways in which organisms ensure perpetuation of their type.
The reason for the passion isn't to be found in alcohol alone. Almost any sugary solution will support fermentation, and it seems that just about every possible sweet liquid has been fermented from time to time. An amateur winemakers' guide in my library lists recipes for the production of wines from almonds, apples, bananas, barley, beetroot, birch sap, cloves, clover, eggplant, guava, lemons, oak leaves, orange juice, parsley, parsnips, peapods, squash, tea, tomatoes, wallflowers, yarrow and yes, to complete the alphabet, zinnias.
These 'wines'are all possible, but none of them exist. In fact, we restrict our winemaking to just a few varieties of grape. Why?
Aside from the many economic advantages, the fermented juice of grapes is delicious. At its most common, it's a fresh and fruity drink that quenches the thirst and gladdens the heart. At its most exalted, the basic flavors of the grape are transformed by fermentation and aging into a symphony of aromas and tastes and lingering associations. Both the bountiful nature of grape vines and the enormous appeal of their fermented fruit's juice has led civilized man to attach a lot of meaning to wine.Read more ›
Since one of the stories I tell as a storyteller is about Medea, it was very interesting to learn that the cultivation of wine came from her part of the world, Colchis, which is now Georgia. I think of Medea as a chemist, so I now wonder if this ancient myth's location had anything to do with the cultivation and fermenting of wine. Was it she who took this knowledge to the Mediterranean when she escaped with Jason to that location? We can only speculate. I keep reading this book with each glass of wine I take in the evenings.
Considering the wine a form of useful knowledge and a form of art, "The sorty of wine" is a masterpiece on the subject. It is also written in such a way you may feel you are part of the trips Mr. Johnson did in order to come up with this brilliant work. A book for the lovers of this beverage that is more than something to drink, it is a pleasure for the soul.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If your interested in all aspects of wine it is an amazing story. The Bible for the wine true lover.Published on February 17, 2013 by RedDogTX
I checked this book out from the library looking for a wine coffee table book for my mother before buying her this. Well written and beautifully illustrated, she loves it!Published on July 16, 2011 by Sonya Schryer Norris
This is an amazing book. It is fun to read, keeps you interested all the time. Mr Johnson shows his best qualities as a wine writer in this book.Published on January 23, 2011 by tbgitg_iii
Companion text to Hugh Johnson's entertaining and enlightening video series from the late 1980s. Great history and facts on the origins, regions, and development of wine.Published on December 3, 2009 by anonymous