My copy arrived Monday and, even though I got home from my tasting at 11:00, dead tired, I made the mistake of picking it up to browse thru when I went to bed. Didn't put it down until 2:00 am. Tuesday was a draggy day, I tell you.
I first approached the book w/ a bit of trepidation. I am not fond of history. Long/boring lectures in old lady Congdon's 8'th grade history class pert near extinguished my love of history (the only redeeming feature of her class was that I sat right behind Susan Davis, my hearthrob from 4'th grade on....EiYiYi...whatta view!!)
But once I started reading it, I was hooked. It's a fascinating read I must say. It's also amazing how little things change over the yrs...nay...centuries. They were focused on wine futures, single vnyd sites, revered official wine tasters, boom & bust cycles, whining amongst consumers about insane wine prices.... waaaay back in the BC yrs. Only thing's that miissing back in those days was rants and whining on electronic wine boards... but I expect they had an equivalent.
I'm only about 1/3'rd thru now, but can't put it down.
Congratulations, ThomasP on a very well-done and well-written book. I expect the research was a hurclean task. It's nice to read something from someone who's followed wine from the very start. Only thing that's missing, Thomas, is my WTN on the FaustianVnyd Falernum. Tasted that twice from amphorae. Both times I scored it a 93.
Even better, his picture is on the back cover leaf. Quite a handsome gent I must say....more so than most of the ol' reprobates that hang out here on WLDG!!