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The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World

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In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Émile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent out to investigate. He discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. What they were—and where they had come from—was a mystery. The infestation advanced with the relentlessness of an invading army. Within a few years the plague had spread across Europe; even California's old-world vines succumbed to the aphid's assault. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to convince the skeptical wine-making and scientific establishments. It was a mission that would take decades.

Gripping and intoxicating, The Botanist and the Vintner brings to life one of the most significant, though little-known, events in the history of wine.

About the Author

CHRISTY CAMPBELL is a British writer and journalist. He has written for the Telegraph since 1990. The Botanist and the Vintner won the 2005 Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565125285
Author:
Campbell, Christy
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Author:
Campbell, Christopher
Subject:
History
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
COOKING / Beverages / Wine and Spirits
Subject:
Grapes - Diseases and pests - France -
Subject:
Viticulture - France - History - 19th century
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
COOKING / Beverages/Wine & Spirits
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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