The Wandering Vine: Wine, the Romans and Me
'I could and would forgo any other liquid forever as long as I might drink one humble wine with my daily bread' - MFK Fisher In her lyrical and charming travelogue The Wandering Vine, award-winning food and travel writer Nina Caplan goes in search of the founding myths of our wine-loving culture. From the chalky terroirs of Champagne, where prestige winemakers produce the most expensive bottles available on earth, to the rocky outcrops of Spain, via plucky English vineyards at their mere beginnings and modern craftsmen employing ancient methods of winemaking in Roman amphorae, she blends history with personal discovery, uncovers Jewish customs and Roman, and, of course, pairs fantastic wine with delicious food. Like Helena Attlee's The Land Where Lemons Grow, this is a new departure in gastronomical writing with a profound sense of place, replete with the sounds, smells and tastes of European culture. History readers will find much to delight them here, as will gourmets and armchair travellers. Nina Caplan shows us we should think of wine as indivisible from our understanding of civilisation, and demonstrates that this sometimes humble, sometimes rarefied drink offers a window on our past and into ourselves. This is narrative travel writing at its absolute best.