Wine by Thomas Pellechia
The 8,000 Year-Old Story of the Trade

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The grape pre-dates humans, so it's hard to know who discovered wine. However, archeological and other discoveries have made it easier to find this out since wine was used to meet spiritual needs. At least, this is the story that is usually told. But when civilization began about 8,000 years ago it didn't take long for wine to move from an instrument of spirituality to a dominant economic power; all it took was the development of trade. Thereafter, the life and death of certain cultures often depended upon the fortunes of wine trading. Wine may have even sparked the earliest wars. Presenting its history from a commercial perspective, Wine reveals how the historically powerful wine trade has been a catalyst in many important developments throughout the ages such as sea mercantilism, early glass blowing, cooperage and cork production, trade fairs and festivals, advertising and promotion, the survival of civilization during the so-called Dark Ages, war financing, placating or pacifying troops, tranquilizing marauders, politics, literature and more.

About Thomas Pellechia

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Thomas Pellechia has been in the wine business for twenty years. In 1985, he founded a small boutique winery, Cana Vineyards, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. His articles on wine have appeared in a variety of publications including Wine Enthusiast, Wines & Vines, Slow Food International, Slow Wine International (Italy), and Decanter (UK). He lives in Upstate New York.
Published August 1, 2006 by Running Press. 272 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Cooking. Non-fiction

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In the long list of books about wine, few have focused exclusively on the story of its trade—the business of getting the fermented product from vineyard to consumer.

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If you've moved past the basics of tasting, and have started to explore the world of wine in depth, one of the mysteries that is sure to catch your eye is how it all started – who discovered wine, how did it become such a world-wide phenomenon, and what part did it play in our history.

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