French Wine: A History by Rod PhillipsFrench Wine: A History by Rod Phillips

French Wine: A History

byRod Phillips

Hardcover | October 11, 2016

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"A fascinating book that belongs on every wine lover’s bookshelf."—The Wine Economist
 
"It’s a book to read for its unstoppable torrent of fascinating and often surprising details."—Andrew Jefford, Decanter

For centuries, wine has been associated with France more than with any other country. France remains one of the world’s leading wine producers by volume and enjoys unrivaled cultural recognition for its wine. If any wine regions are global household names, they are French regions such as Champagne, Bordeaux, and Burgundy. Within the wine world, products from French regions are still benchmarks for many wines.
 
French Wine is the first synthetic history of wine in France: from Etruscan, Greek, and Roman imports and the adoption of wine by beer-drinking Gauls to its present status within the global marketplace. Rod Phillips places the history of grape growing and winemaking in each of the country’s major regions within broad historical and cultural contexts.

Examining a range of influences on the wine industry, wine trade, and wine itself, the book explores religion, economics, politics, revolution, and war, as well as climate and vine diseases. French Wine is the essential reference on French wine for collectors, consumers, sommeliers, and industry professionals.

Rod Phillips teaches history at Carleton University in Ottawa and is the author of a number of books on European social history and the history of wine and alcohol, including Alcohol: A History and A Short History of Wine.
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Title:French Wine: A HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:319 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520285239

ISBN - 13:9780520285231

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Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
A NOTE ON USAGE

INTRODUCTION
1. FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO 1000 CE
2. THE MIDDLE AGES: 1000–1500
3. NEW WINES, NEW REGIONS: 1500–1700
4. ENLIGHTENMENT AND REVOLUTION: 1700–1800
5. STABILITY AND GROWTH: 1800–1870
6. PHYLLOXERA AND RENEWAL: 1870–1914
7. PINARD AND POSTWAR FRANCE: 1914–1930
8. FROM DEPRESSION TO LIBERATION: 1930–1945
9. FRENCH WINE REINVENTED: 1945 TO THE PRESENT
CONCLUSION

NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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"It’s a book to read for its unstoppable torrent of fascinating and often surprising details."