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A History of Wine in America, Volume 1: From the Beginnings to Prohibition
The Vikings called North America "Vinland," the land of wine. Giovanni de Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who first described the grapes of the New World, was sure that "they would yield excellent wines." And when the English settlers found grapes growing so thickly that they covered the ground down to the very seashore, they concluded that "in all the world the like ...more
Paperback, 572 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Whew...this is a history book. I haven't taken this long to get through a book in a long time. That doesn't mean it's horrible, just very dense as one would expect from a historical text. There are fascinating tidbits to glean from the book such as how Welch's grape juice came to be and why the intra-state shipping laws for wine are so inane (yeah Prohibition!), but this book is better as a reference than a casual read. The author's task of documenting American's experiments with wine from the ...more