Wine And War

Author: Donald Kladstrup
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780767913256
Size: 15.90 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
View: 1943
Download
The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. "To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine." –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Wine And War

Author: Donald Kladstrup
Publisher: Broadway
ISBN: 0767904486
Size: 45.62 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 5332
Download
Describes how members of five prominent wine-making families from Burgundy, Alsace, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne risked their lives to protect their most precious wines from Nazi plunder during World War II. 25,000 first printing.

Wine And War

Author: Donald & Petie Kladstrup
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 144471757X
Size: 51.17 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 3449
Download
In the vineyards, wine caves, and cellars of France as war and occupation came to the country winemakers acted heroically not only to save the best wines but to defend their way of life. These are the true stories of vignerons who sheltered Jewish refugees in their cellars and of winemakers who risked their lives to aid the resistance. They made chemicals in secret laboratories to fuel the resistance and fled from the Gestapo when arrests became imminent. There were treacheries too, as some of the nation's winemakers supported the Vichy regime or the Germans themselves and collaborated. Donald Kladstrup is a retired American network correspondent. He and his wife Petie have accumulated these fascinating stories, told with the pace and action that will fascinate fiction and non-fiction readers alike.

Adventures On The Wine Route

Author: Kermit Lynch
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374100977
Size: 60.24 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
View: 1245
Download
A newly designed, updated edition of the classic reference traces the renowned wine expert's tour through the vineyards and cellars of Bordeaux, Provençe and other regions, where he made vivid observations of the French countryside and its wines. 20,000 first printing.

Judgment Of Paris

Author: George M. Taber
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743297326
Size: 41.16 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
View: 914
Download
Looks at an event held in 1976 in which French judges, during a blind taste-test, chose unknown California wines to be superior to France's best wines. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Thomas Jefferson On Wine

Author: John R. Hailman
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781578068418
Size: 79.64 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 6579
Download
The definitive account of Thomas Jefferson's lifelong passion for wine

The History Of Wine In 100 Bottles

Author: Oz Clarke
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 1910496804
Size: 26.72 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
View: 4524
Download
Winemaking is as old as civilization itself and wine has always been more than just a drink. For thousands of years, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to its current status as a vast global industry, the history of wine has been directly related to major social, cultural, religious and economic changes. This fascinating and entertaining book takes a look at 100 bottles that mark a significant change in the evolution of wine and winemaking and captures the innovations and discoveries that have had the biggest impact on the history of 'bottled poetry'.

Shadows In The Vineyard

Author: Maximillian Potter
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 1455516082
Size: 72.98 MB
Format: PDF
View: 5314
Download
Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014 Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine. In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison-a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder-unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France. The sinister story that Vanity Fair journalist Maximillian Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by some of France's top detectives, the primary suspect's suicide, and a dramatic investigation. This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine. SHADOWS IN THE VINEYARD takes us deep into a captivating world full of fascinating characters, small-town French politics, an unforgettable narrative, and a local culture defined by the twinned veins of excess and vitality and the deep reverent attention to the land that runs through it.

The Road To Burgundy

Author: Ray Walker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592408788
Size: 47.86 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 106
Download
"An intoxicating memoir of an American who discovers a passion for French wine, and gambles everything to chase a dream of owning a vineyard in Burgundy Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting vacation ignited a passion that hecouldn't stifle. Ray neglected his work, spending hours poring over ancient French winemaking texts, learning the techniques and the language, and daydreaming about vineyards. After Ray experienced his first taste of wine from Burgundy, he could wait no longer. He quit his job and went to France to start a winery--with little money, a limited command of French, and virtually no winemaking experience. Fueled by determination and joie de vivre, he immersed himself in the extraordinary history of Burgundy's vineyards and began honing his skills. Ray became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times and founded Maison Ilan. In 2009, Ray became the first non-French winemaker to purchase grapes and produce a wine from Le Chambertin, long considered to be one of the most revered and singular vineyards in the world. Along with his struggle to capture his wine's distinct terroir, Ray shares enthralling stories of late-night tastings, flying down the Route National on a vintage Peugeot bicycle with no brakes, and his journey to secure both the trust of his insular Burgundian neighbors and the region's most coveted grapes. Capturing the sunlight, the smell of the damp soil, and the taste of superlative wine, The Road to Burgundy is a glorious celebration of finding one's true path in life, and taking a chance--whatever the odds. "--

Bordeaux Burgundy

Author: Jean-Robert Pitte
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520933311
Size: 53.56 MB
Format: PDF
View: 6677
Download
Seeking to penetrate the mysteries of two great wine regions—"two opposite civilizations, two distinct ways of feeling"—Jean-Robert Pitte embarks upon an evocative and fascinating exploration of the land, people, and wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. His account is a rich tapestry of terroir, history, culture, and economics from Roman to modern times. The unique qualities of the wines of each region, Pitte believes, cannot be entirely explained by the differences in their physical environments: they have social origins as well. Beginning with an entertaining look at the remarkable variety of insults exchanged by partisans of the two regions, Pitte delves into the key role played by medieval monks, dukes, and peasant vignerons in building their respective reputations and in creating the rivalry between bourgeois Bordeaux and earthy Burgundy that we know today. His sparkling, fair-minded narrative, engaging the senses and the mind alike, conveys a deep appreciation of two incomparable winegrowing cultures, united despite their differences by a common ambition to produce the best wines in the world.