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History in a Glass: Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet

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When Gourmet magazine debuted in the 1940s, America’s wineries were still reeling from the lingering effects of Prohibition and the loss of wines from war-torn Europe. But for every closed door, there was an open bottle: The bleak postwar years were actually a prelude to today’s unprecedented and widespread appreciation for the grape. New York Times bestselling author Ruth ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 11th 2007 by Modern Library (first published March 7th 2006)
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Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it
I picked up this book in a used book store in Toronto because I thought I could learn a thing or two about how wine was like in the past. This book contains a selection of wine articles published in Gourmet magazine spanning 60 years. The article selected starts from year 1941.

I find out that the past is not always rosy. The stories are from American writers with, obviously, American point of view and consumption habit. The earlier writings are particularly painful as the wines discussed are out
Marivic Hammond
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turn down the lights, put chill music on and grab the best bottle from your stash.
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: drinkers/connoisseurs/grape-embracers
Recommended to Erica by: baccuhus (he whispers in my ear)
Shelves: gastronomical
For anyone even just peripherally interested in wine, this is a wonderful/fascinating record of its consumption-history in the United States. Essays which not only shed light on importation but domestic cultivation... and the embrace of wine at the table in general. A fun food-porn read. Hooray. Viva la vino!
Bob Peru
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good anthology of wine writing.
Susan Reed
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
good, interesting
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Ruth Reichl is an American food writer, the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and culinary editor for the Modern Library.
Born to parents Ernst and Miriam (née Brudno), she was raised in New York City and spent time at a boarding school in Montreal. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, the artist Douglas Hollis. She graduated in 1970 with a M.A. in art history
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