Book Reviews

Book Review: Divine Vintage.

The authors discuss how wine was discovered and the grapevine domesticated.

One chapter is devoted to the impact of wine on Abraham and Melchizeddin, overall, the Biblical history is well covered as well as the B C period from the sixth century onward.

One mistake that stands out, to the reader familiar with history, is that Turkey as a country came into being in 1923m, for centuries before, it was part of the Ottoman Empire, and before the Ottomans conquered the territory, it was of Byzantium, Greater Armenia, and the Roman Empire.

From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been for millennia, an essential part of western civilization’s religious and cultural evolution.

In this book, both authors, who are experts in their field take a remarkable journey that explores how wine influenced history, and in particular, Biblical history.

All wine related pictures of antiquity, and maps are revealing and informative.

In most wine-related books readers find a list of various bottle sizes. Int his book the list extends well above Nebuchadnezzar (15litres) to Prinat (30 litres), which is revealing in and of itself. Large bottles slow down oxidation and bottle designers knew it then.

The wine history of the Roman Empire is well covered.

In Part Two, authors describe the wines and wineries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and Greece.

Turkey (not an important wine producer worldwide) gets 26 pages, Lebanon (also a small producer) gets 24, Israel 12, and Greece (with a considerably large wine industry) gets 34.

This is well researched and presented book that would enrich the knowledge base of every serious wine drinker and enlighten the hearts of all history buffs.

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