The Curious World of Wine is a fascinating miscellany about the colorful characters, celebrated places, and quirky events surrounding wine making. Recounting wine tales that are by turns amusing, surprising, and occasionally a bit naughty, wine expert Richard Vine reveals little-known facts such as:
- The oldest vineyard still producing grapes is thought to be hi Maribor, Slovenia, where vines up to four hundred years old remain fruitful.
- "Plonk," a term used to insult any modestly priced wine, got its name from the French words for white wine--vin blanc, pronounced "vawn blawnk," which was corrupted to "plawnk" or "plonk."
- Thomas Jefferson was so eager to plant native French vines at his Monticello mansion that he nearly went bankrupt fruitlessly hiring experts to defeat a condition that caused European vines to mysteriously die in North American soil.
- Touching wineglasses as a toast was originally a deft move to exchange a splash of wine into each other's cup to ensure that neither party was being poisoned.
The Curious World of Wine will keep any wine fan entertained and enlightened--from the most erudite connoisseur to Two Buck Chuck devotees.