Top 10 books for wine lovers

Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre

Viper Wine by Hermione Eyre

Hermione Eyre’s debut novel retells the intriguing real-life story of Venetia Anastasia Digby – granddaughter of Henry Percy, 8th Earl of Northumberland, and the wife of Kenelm Digby.

A celebrated beauty of England’s Stuart era, Digby gained notoriety for her good looks and mysterious death at a time when Viper Wine was the unspoken pick me up of the aristocracy – a potent beauty tonic distilled and dispensed secretly by physician Lancelot Choice.

She died in her bed in April 1633 with an autopsy statement reading: “When her skull was opened, they found but very little brain”. There was widespread rumour at the time that Venetia had killed herself or been murdered by her husband, Kenelm Digby, however the cause of her death remains a mystery.

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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