By rooting the narrative in the stories of five prominent winemaking families from France's key wine-producing regions of Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and Champagne, Bordeaux, Alsace, journalists Don and Petie Kladstrup vividly illustrate how men and women risked their lives for a cause that meant saving the heart and soul of France as much as protecting its economy.
It also recounts the heroics of winemakers who hid Jewish refugees and smuggled members of the Resistance across the Demarcation Line in wine barrels, as well as the villainy of collaborators who worked with Nazi occupiers for their own benefit. Finally, wine and war reveals that the French were not alone in trying to save their wine.
At the same time, wine and war brings to light the resourcefulness of wine producers who employed spiderwebs to "age" false walls hiding their best wines, who foisted off their worst bottles on the Germans or gleefully misdirected shipments, sending champagne to Homburg instead of Hamburg, and who sabotaged trains transporting wine to Germany.
It was a extraordinary partnership involving everyone from the owners of Paris's famed restaurant La Tour d'Argent who rushed to build a wall to conceal their most precious twenty thousand bottles, to French soldiers who triumphantly reclaimed Hitler's enormous cache of stolen wines at the conclusion of the war.
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Then there were the generations of local vintners who struggled to keep their houses running. Collins Publishers. Yet this strife-tornland is also the birthplace of the world's favorite wine: champagne. In this engrossing history, good times, became a symbol of glamour, Don and Petie Kladstrup show how this sparkling wine, born of bloodshed, and celebration.
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World war i would be champagne's greatest test of all, a four-year nightmare in which nearly everything the Champenois had worked and fought for was destroyed "in a rain of iron and fire. German bombardment drove thousands of people underground to seek refuge in the huge cellars of the champagne houses, shops, where among the bottles you would find schools, hospitals, municipal offices, and troops.
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Sterling Publishing NY. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, a 1787 bottle of château lafite bordeaux—one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—went for $156, at a heated auction by Christie’s of London, 000 to a member of the Forbes family.
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Net, comes this groundbreaking guide to the modern wines of Champagne--a region that in recent years has undergone one of the most dramatic transformations in the wine-growing world. Used - Very good. Sterling Publishing NY. Collins Publishers. This luxurious box set includes a pullout tray with a complete set of seven vintage vineyard maps by Louis Larmat, a rare and indispensable resource that beautifully documents the region’s terroirs.
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It tells how a sparkling beverage that became the toast of society during the Belle Epoque emerged after World War I as a global icon of fine taste and good living. Yet this region – which historians say has suffered more battles and wars than any other place on earth – is also the birthplace of one thing the entire world equates with good times, friendship and celebration: champagne.
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At this legendary contest—a blind tasting—a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France’s best. Used - Very good. The only reporter present at the mythic paris tasting of 1976—a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France’s best—for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine.
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Paying attention to styles, but in the modern way--appellation by appellation, this book explains how to understand the wines of the world not in the classical way, soils, winemakers, and the most cutting-edge of trends, soil by soil, technique by technique--making it an essential reference and instant classic.
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In this seminal addition to the wine canon, noted experts Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay share everything they've learned in their decades of tasting wine. Collins Publishers. Sterling Publishing NY. Used - Very good.
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