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Wine: From Neolithic Times To The 21st Century [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Stefan K. Estreicher

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2 Nov 2006
The story of wine, one of the foundations of Western Civilization, is the story of religion, medicine, science, war, discovery and dream. The essential historical background and the key developments in the history of wine through the ages are outlined in this compact, engaging, easy-to-read and well-illustrated text, with lists of top vintages. For thousands of years wine mixed with water was the safe drink. It was a key ingredient of medications. The antiseptic properties of the alcohol it contains saved lives. Wine was associated with many religious rituals, some of which survive today. The story of wine involves scientists like Hippocrates of Kos, Zaccharia Razi, Isaac Newton (albeit indirectly), Louis Pasteur, and many others. It also involves colorful people such as Gregory of Tours and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Vines made their way to the Americas with the Conquistadores. Then wines almost disappeared in the late 1800s as Phylloxera spread throughout the world. This scourge was followed by World War I, the Great Depression, Prohibition, and World War II. Today, winemaking has enjoyed a renaissance and many excellent and affordable wines are produced throughout the world. Stefan K. Estreicher is Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Physics at Texas Tech University. His fascination with wine, and the history of wine, dates back to a memorable encounter with a bottle of Richebourg 1949 while working toward his doctorate from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has been invited to lecture on the topic at scientific meetings in San Francisco and Santa Clara as well as at Texas Tech and Oxford University (UK). Estreicher has published over 150 scientific papers as well as several articles on various aspects of the history of wine.

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing; illustrated edition edition (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875864767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875864761
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,794,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Guide to Wine! 6 Oct 2006
By P. Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book for those who love wine and are eager to learn more about its rich history, best vintages and little known facts. Informative, as well as Entertaining!
3.0 out of 5 stars A disorganized bundle of pages 18 Jun 2013
By Tony D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book jumps around, foreword and back through history, without any order or reason. It's as if the author dropped the unbound manuscript and then published it without putting the pages in order again. It's too bad, because this could have been a wonderful book on the subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Through the History of Wine 10 Jun 2013
By Nolander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author takes us on a vivid tour of the history of wine from the beginning to now. Clearly a wine-lover himself, his playful yet expert voice is an easy one to follow. The book is as equally well-illustrated, and belongs among the collection of any connoisseur of fermented beverage.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and clever adventure.... 9 Mar 2007
By Amanda Chavira - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Despite a seemingly mundane title, I found this book to be quite a pleasurable, fun and easy read, not only for the mass of information Estreicher provides in 200 pages, but because of the variety of information provided. This book takes you on an adventure spanning 7,000 years in which you not only learn about the history of wine, but also fun little bits of information that are entertaining. It also offers a greater oversight about history and how the wonderful invention that is wine has affected us all. You can tell this is a true passion for the author; it is fun for him so he makes it fun for you, the reader, by encouraging a curiosity that keeps you turning the pages.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful walk through time with a glass a wine 18 Jan 2007
By Deborah A. Restaino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What a great book! Reading it, one can really sense Estreicher's passion for wine and history. Like a good bottle of wine, you thirst for more when it is done.
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