Top 10 books for wine lovers

and finally…How I Liberated Burgundy: And Other Vinous Adventures by Wynford “Vineyard” Vaughan-Thomas

51abPhRhTlLHow I Liberated Burgundy: And Other Vinous Adventures is the wartime reminiscence of BBC correspondent, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, who was fortunate to advance with various American, British and Free French forces up through Italy, the Rhône and Burgundy during the war years and his splendid little book should be more widely read.

In it he recounts not only his escapades in Burgundy but also the sight of Morrocan goumiers looking like Franciscan monks in their brown, cassock-like cloaks advancing through the vineyards of Chianti, dreaming of the wines of the Côte Rôtie, so near yet so terribly far behind the German front lines and even remembering the first attempts at making Welsh wine around Castell Coch. It is an unalloyed delight.

A small part of it appeared in the Wine and Warfare series and can be read here.

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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