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The Botanist and the Vintner

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The Botanist and the Vintner

How Wine Was Saved for the World

By Christy Campbell

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565125285, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006

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Description
In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Emile 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.
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