Tasting the Past: One Man's Quest to Discover (and Drink!) the World's Original Wines

Tasting the Past: One Man's Quest to Discover (and Drink!) the World's Original Wines

by Kevin Begos

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"A vintner’s blend of science, history, travel, and tantalizing drink recommendations." --Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

In search of a mysterious wine he once tasted in a hotel room minibar, journalist Kevin Begos travels along the original wine routes—from the Caucasus Mountains, where wine grapes were first domesticated eight thousand years ago, crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, and then America—and unearths a whole world of forgotten grapes, each with distinctive tastes and aromas. We meet the scientists who are decoding the DNA of wine grapes, and the historians who are searching for ancient vineyards and the flavors cultivated there. Begos discovers wines that go far beyond the bottles of Chardonnay and Merlot found in most stores and restaurants, and he offers suggestions for wines that are at once ancient and new.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616208233
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 882 KB

About the Author

Kevin Begos is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow and a former AP correspondent whose stories and research have appeared in major newspapers and other publications, including Scientific American, Harper’s, Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guild of Sommeliers, USA Today, and the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Part 1

1 A Mysterious Wine 3

2 Archaeobiology and Ancient Wine 13

3 Cremisan 27

4 Israel's Forgotten Grapes 43

5 The Wine Scientist 54

6 Flavor, Taste, and Money 83

7 The Caucasus 94

8 Yeast, Co-Evolution, and Wasps 115

9 Aphrodite, Women, and Wine 124

Part 2

10 Goliath, Foraging, and an Answer 143

11 Italy, Leonardo, and Natural Wine 153

12 Wine and Foie Gras 171

13 The Science of Terroir 190

14 Coming Home, and Holy Land Wine 194

15 American Wine Grapes 203

16 The Dark Side of Wine Science 231

17 Grapetionary 238

18 The First Grapes, and Tasting the Past 243

Acknowledgments 253

Where to Buy and Learn More 255

Chapter Notes 259

Bibliography 275

Tasting the Past-and the Future 279

The Hidden Life of Wine 285

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