Wine has a deeper history than any mere beverage. Present at the earliest recorded points of human history, wine has been present at the heights of sophistication and the depths of debauchery, an integral part of religious ritual and a free-flowing social lubricant.
This new edition explores the tourism and terroir-driven global industry of today while reaching as far back as Ancient Greece and Rome. On the way it stops at significant points in history including the birth of Charlemagne, Venice in the 17th century, trade in the Middle Ages and more. Celebratory and thorough, 9000 Years of Wine never lets the scale of history - wars, fraud, blight, colonization, Prohibition - get in the way of a good story or notable bottle.
Rod Phillips is the wine columnist for the Ottawa Citizen and the author of several books about wine including Ontario Wine Country and annual editions of The 500 Best-Value Wines of the LCBO. He is a contributor in several magazines including The World of Fine Wine, NUVO, Wine Access and more. He is a professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa.