The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond

The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond

Oz Clarke

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1454915617

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Winemaking is as old as civilization itself, and this illuminating volume takes a unique approach to that history: by exploring 100 bottles that have had the biggest impact on the evolution of wine. Moving from the first cork tops to screw caps, renowned wine writer Oz Clarke presents such landmarks as the introduction of the cylindrical wine bottle in the 1780s; the first estate to bottle and label its own wine (formerly sold in casks to merchants only); the most expensive bottle sold at auction and the oldest unopened bottle; the change in classifications; and the creation of numerous famous vintages. Fully illustrated with photographs of bottles, labels, and other images, this is a beautiful tribute to the "bottled poetry" that is wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Zinfandel 1976 Barboursville Cabernet Sauvignon 1976 Judgment of Paris 1978 Parker Points 1979 Opus One 1980s Varietal Labelling 1982 The 1982 Vintage in Bordeaux 1983 Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 1985 Most Expensive Bottle 1987 Central Otago – Furthest South 1987 Flying Winemakers 1980s-1990s International Consultants 1990s Cabernet Conquers the World 1990 Royal Tokaji 1991 Rise of the Garagistes 1991 Canadian Icewine 1993 Synthetic Corks 1994 Catena Malbec 1998

Pomerol, based on the Merlot grape, have had an equal impact in the last 20 years. Barrel-fermenting and blending Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc has created a classic dry white style much emulated in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. And the great sweet wines of Sauternes have influenced dessert winemakers in these countries and in North and South America. Apart from Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot grape has made an enormous impact because of its easy, lush style, not only on the wines of

kilometres of a traffic light is a good start. It suggests an environment just about as pollution-free as you can get in our modern world. And it also gives me a sense of the people. After all, there are towns there – Queenstown is quite big – but a traffic light would be an imposition on the freedom of spirit that has created this weird but wonderful vineyard area, which is the most southerly in the world. There are a few vines further south in Chile, some at Futrono, 1000 kilometres from

starts craving respect, craving recognition, craving an acceptance that its wines can be judged alongside the top wines of the world. Usually it is poor old Bordeaux that is once again put up to be shot down, because her red wines are the most famous in the world, and they are based on grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which most new countries have a very reasonable chance of growing well. So a blind tasting is set up pitting Bordeaux’s best against the young

came from a re-planted polo field. That’s exactly the attitude that Eduardo Chadwick was striving to overcome by taking his Berlin tasting all round the world. I checked the soil profile of the old polo field. It’s a classic stony alluvial terrace – a sort of South American version of Bordeaux’s Médoc. It’s just that in the 1940s, when Eduardo’s father was captain of the Chilean National Polo Team, polo was more important than wine. The vineyard took over from polo in 1992. And in 2004, its wine

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