The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World

The Botanist and the Vintner: How Wine Was Saved for the World
Pages:
344
Genre:
Published:
March 24th 2006 by Algonquin Books
Goodreads Rating:
3.53
ISBN13:
9781565125285
ISBN10:
1565125282
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In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Émile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. He discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. What they were and where they had come from was a mystery. The infestation advanced with the relentness of an invading army and within a few years had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. The French government offered a prize of three hundred thousand gold francs for a remedy. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to prove it. Gripping and intoxicating, The Botanist and the Vintner brings to life one of the most significant, though little-known, events in the history of wine.