A natural history of wine fills an important gap in our understanding of how the eurasian grapevine evolved over millions of years to become the wine grape par excellence patrick e mcgovern author of ancient wine and uncorking the past. An excellent bottle of wine can be the spark that inspires a brainstorming session such was the case for ian tattersall and rob desalle scientists who frequently collaborate on book and museum exhibition projects. The smithsonians national museum of american history houses amid its illustrious artifacts two bottles of wine a 1973 stags leap wine cellars cabernet sauvignon and a 1973 chateau montelena chardonnay. Thousands of books about wine are written each year im sure many of them are excellent but this month brings a new book entitled a natural history of wine that is quite different from all of the restthis is a book about what science teaches us about wine and what wine teaches about science. A natural history of wine ian tattersall and rob desalle illustrated by patricia j wynne this book demonstrates the immensity and importance of the smithsonian libraries natural history collections by using wine as a subject that highlights the intersectionality of the sciences the preface
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