The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell
How Wine Was Saved for the World

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In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Émile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. He discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. What they were and where they had come from was a mystery. The infestation advanced with the relentlessness of an invading army and within a few years had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. The French government offered a prize of three hundred thousand gold francs for a remedy. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to prove it.

Gripping and intoxicating, The Botanist and the Vintner brings to life one of the most significant, though little-known, events in the history of wine.
 

About Christy Campbell

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Christy Campbell is a journalist, writer, and former correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph who has made a specialty of forensic historical investigations.
 
Published March 25, 2005 by Algonquin Books. 360 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Cooking, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Phylloxera was thus able to make its merry way from vineyard to vineyard, root to root, until it had dined on all the plants of France, devastation in its wake.

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Here and there, isolated researchers and winegrowers had observed that certain American vines, which belong to a different species than European ones, suffered no ill effects from the phylloxera.

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It's also a good summary for wine makers and enologists, with a clear discussion of the elaborate life cycle of the aphid, a fascinating look at the pride and prejudice that drove French wine makers and brief coverage of the Phylloxera crisis in California during the 1990s.

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It's a familiar story: A foreign force invades French soil and is repulsed with help from America.

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