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We are familiar with the medical opinion that a daily glass of wine is good for the health and also the rival opinion that any more than a glass or two will set us on the road to ruin. Whether or not good for the body, Scruton argues, wine, drunk in the right frame of mind, is definitely good for the soul. And there is no better accompaniment to wine than philosophy. By thinking with wine, you can learn not only to drink in thoughts but to think in draughts.
This good-humoured book offers an antidote to the pretentious clap-trap that is written about wine today and a profound apology for the drink on which civilisation has been founded.
In vino veritas.
Introduction \ 1. Drugs that are Tolerated and Forbidden \ 2. Alcohol and its Effects \ 3. The Ancients and Religious Rituals \ 4. Wine, Self Certainty and Philosophy \ 5. Paying Bacchus his Due \ 6. Wine and the Moral Vacuum \ 7. American Health Warnings \ 8. Wine as an Accompaniment to Thought \ 9. Wine as Something to Live By