Roger Scruton is a resident Scholar at the American enterprise International, Washington D.C. and Senior Resident fellow at Blackfriars Hall, oxford, England.
He has a mind that glows, and this book distils a lifetime of intellectual adventure with insights into French culture, Hindu philosophy, the breakdown f western society, and many other areas all linked (usually tongue-firmly-in-cheek, or rather nose in glass) by the mystical presence of wine. His ruminations about wine regions in France, and Italy, with a little sprinkling of towns in Greece, mostly in philosophical content.
This is a “deep book, and exciting read, and the best possible justification for virtuous consumption of wine.
Professor Scruton laments the passing of the Greek Symposium, where invitees rested on reclining couches after having bathed, groomed, and perfumes, to discuss philosophical and political matters, while being served delicacies and strongly flavoured wines by slaves.
He pays tribute to two important people in his getting into wine in his younger days, and described lovingly his sojourns on his scoter in France.
If you are interested in finding out about French or Italian wine laws, their rules, and stipulations, look for another title.
This is a book that deals with philosophy, wine, and their interconnectedness.
In the second half of the book the author turns to philosophy and role of wine, and the implications of certain ideas to wine consumption.
Towards the end of this eminently readable book (Appendix), the author suggests certain wines while reading different philosophers including Nietsche, J.P. Sartre, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, Avicenna, Averroes, Thomas Aquinas, Maimonides, Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibnitz, Locke, Immanuel Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, and S. Kirkegaard.
This is a book to read, and re-read to refresh your thoughts, and memories while enjoying a glass or two of wines with pedigree, well-cellared and exquisite one to contemplate what he writes.