The Botanist and the Vintner

How Wine Was Saved for the World

By Christopher Campbell
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565125285, 320pp.)

Publication Date: April 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-emile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent out 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. Within a few years the plague had spread across Europe; even California's old-world vines succumbed to the aphid's assault. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to convince the skeptical wine-making and scientific establishments. It was a mission that would take decades.
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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