Discover the Hidden Life of Wine
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“This is quite a book and I hope it is read widely throughout the wine world and that
it has a huge impact. The fact that current practices have put a halt to evolution for wine grapes,
that was news to me. Tasting the Past shocked the hell out of me.”
—Kermit Lynch, wine merchant and author of Adventures on the Wine Route
"Oenophiles will raise a glass to Begos’s excellent exploration of the science and history of wine,
now a $300 billion global market. This mix of memoir and wine education guide is all-around satisfying.
He helpfully finishes many chapters with lists of recommend wines."
"The story unfolds in a manner similar to the growth of ancient grapevines; rooted in a strong central narrative, side stories grow like tendrils, wrapping around and supporting each other, while clusters of vividly described wines emerge like ripe grapes. Anyone who is interested in wine history, viniculture, or just enjoying a glass of wine will likely find Tasting the Past a pleasurable read."—Science Magazine
“There are so many great stories and characters contained within Tasting the Past.
Anyone who wants to know what else is out there… will want to read this book.
There’s a great big world out there beyond the French grape.”—Terroirist blog
"You don't need to be an oenophile to enjoy this flavorful adventure about one wine nerd's search
for the perfect grape…This multidisciplinary master class in the history, science, religion, and literature
of wines is as luscious as a full-bodied pinot noir.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Tasting the Past is a vintner's blend of science, history, travel, and tantalizing drink recommendations.
It’s the kind of book that will have you quoting passages at cocktail parties, making off-the-beaten-path travel plans, and seeking out unusual and obscure wines everywhere you go.”
—Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist
"With a cast of characters that includes archaeologists, botanists and historians,
Kevin Begos offers a lively account of his journey to find the origins of wine,
debunking a number of the wine world’s long-held beliefs along the way." —Punch
“Kevin Begos has pulled together a wonderfully surprising assortment of characters
and threads to take us on his compelling journey into wine’s origin.”
—Alice Feiring, author of The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass
“This is the most fascinating wine book I’ve read in years.” —Vino-Sphere
“Readable and well-researched…A palatable blend of history, food science, and travel writing.”
“Through mythology, history, flavor and science, Tasting the Past stretches across centuries and continents, helping us understand why the transformation of juice to alcohol continues to intoxicate us all.
A compelling, sensual journey weaving past and present.”
—Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love
“One of the most interesting books about wine I’ve ever read.
It’s Vin BC! Belongs in every oenophile’s library.”
—Eugenia Bone, author of The Kitchen Ecosystem
“Earthy, with undertones of humor. This fascinating dive into the world of obscure wines will educate you, entertain you, and make you want to drink. Begos teaches us that a glass of wine isn’t just a glass of wine,
but a window into history, culture, and science.”
—Matti Friedman, author of Pumpkinflowers
“In a personal, conversational style, Kevin Begos mixes poetry, history, geography, and science into a delightful volume in praise of unique, nearly forgotten grapes that give real meaning to terroir.”
—Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds:
The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
“A myth-busting, history-reclaiming, science-centric, skeptical—and, yet, loving and respectful—tour of the history, the present, and even the future of wine production. Begos is an unrelenting and delightful detective.”
—Cat Warren, bestselling author of What the Dog Knows:
Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
"Begos weaves an intriguing tale of discovery, setting scenes and meeting with scientists, historians, winemakers, scholars, enologists, and private enthusiasts, among others, to discover where wine was first fermented, what ancient wine really tasted like, and what’s being done to identify and preserve
ancient grape varieties around the globe." —Spirted Magazine