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"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


"From the moment Begos describes Cremisan wine, the reader is captivated.

You don’t have to be an oenophile to dig this book."Atlanta Journal-Constitution


“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. Well done!!”

 —Kermit Lynch, wine merchant and author of Adventures on the Wine Route


"This book is now the defacto standard for teaching wine history at the Wine School.

A deep and compelling book that barbecues some sacred cows while serving up some

much-needed scientific rigor. Bravo!" —Philadelphia Wine School


"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


“If you can tell Sauvignon blanc from Sémillon, you might feel that you ‘know’ wine.

Science journalist Kevin Begos blows that idea to smithereens. A book that froths with data

on half-forgotten vines, from Hamdani to Gros Manseng.”—Nature


“Readable and well-researched…A palatable blend of history, food science, and travel writing.”

—Library Journal


Reviews of my new book:


"A lively and instructive recounting​... we experience

his discoveries on the wine side roads as freshly as he does."

The Wall Street Journal


"Weaves a fascinating story that mixes personal exploration with cultural enlightenment. By searching for the origins of wine,

Begos brings its past to us in the here and now."

The Washington Post


"Oenophiles will raise a glass to Begos’s excellent exploration of the science and history of wine. This mix of memoir and wine education guide is all-around satisfying." —Publishers Weekly


"Nothing less than the exact book

the wine world needs right now."—Toronto Star