Dying on the Vine
We’ve all heard of it—how something small has repercussions lasting for generations. Well if a few things happened differently 150 years ago, it would be safe to say that we may have no grapes, no vineyards—no wine—today. George Gale, in his book Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine, investigates the tumultuous decade that threatened to eradicate the wine industry forever. Phylloxera, a tiny, root-sucking insect that wages war on grapevines, struck the French wine scene in the 1860s—steadily spreading throughout Europe, South America, Australia and California. Gale recounts the fascinating tale of how scientists, viticulturalists and researchers came together to fend off this deathly plague and save the world’s wine industry. Dying on the Vine will make you appreciate your daily glass of Pinot even more. Available in stores and online for $40.