Top 10 books for wine lovers

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Donald and Pete KladstrupFor the historical wine lover this non-fiction work detailing French winemakers’ attempts to prevent their best vintage’s from falling into the hands of Nazi soldiers and shelter Jewish refugees during World War Two is a treasure.

From ageing young bottles by changing the labels and covering them in cobwebs, to building false walls to hide the valuable vintages, all manner of tricks were employed to save their best wines. 

Donald Kladstrup is a retired American network correspondent who, along with his wife Petie, have curated these stories into this fascinating historical collection.

2 Responses to “Top 10 books for wine lovers”

  1. Virginie Saverys says:

    Two other great books about history and wine:

    Don Kladstrup : Wine and war
    Paul Lukacs : Inventing wine, a new history of one of the world’s most ancient pleasures

  2. Ron Irvine says:

    Two excellent books set in Washington State: The Wine Project by Ron Irvine and Walter Clore (a not your typical history book; and The Winemaker’s Daughter by Tim Egan, a story of greed and honor set in the framework of a father’s vineyard and winery.

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