WINNER OF THE FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS DEBUT DRINK BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
WINNER OF THE LOUIS ROEDERER INTERNATIONAL WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018
'Wine is alive, ageing and changing, but it's also a triumph over death. These grapes should rot. Instead they ferment. What better magic potion could there be, to convey us to the past?'
Impelled by a dual thirst, for wine and for knowledge, Nina Caplan follows the vine into the past, wandering from Champagne's ancient chalk to the mountains of Campania, via the crumbling Roman ruins that flank the river Rh ne and the remote slopes of Priorat in Catalonia. She meets people whose character, stubbornness and sometimes, borderline craziness makes their wine great- an intrepid Englishman planting on rabbit-infested Downs, a glamorous eagle-chasing Spaniard and an Italian lawyer obsessed with reviving Falernian, legendary wine of the Romans. In the course of her travels, she drinks a lot and learns a lot- about dead conquerors and living wines, forgotten zealots and in vino veritas, as Pliny said about herself.
In this lyrical and charming book, Nina Caplan drinks in order to remember and travels in order to understand the meaning of home. This is narrative travel writing at its best.
About the author:
Nina Caplan is an arts, wine and travel journalist. She is the wine columnist of the New Statesman and also writes for The Times, Decanter, Conde Nast Traveller and others. She has been awarded the Louis Roederer International Food and Wine Writer of the Year, Louis Roederer International Columnist of the Year and Fortnum & Mason Drink Writer of the Year. In the past, Nina has been employed by publications including the Guardian and Time Out, but these days she wanders too much to remain deskbound. She lives in London and Burgundy.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 20180401
Product Form: Hardback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 221 mm144 mm31 mm
Weight: 486 gr