Maurice Healy’s love letter to wine, and to the wines he enjoyed with friends during his long study of the subject. Healy takes us on a comprehensive tour of Europe, visiting all the key wine regions of the time and commenting on the impact of World War II on wine production. Originally written in 1940, this edition was first published after Healy’s premature death in 1950 with notes from his great friend Ian Maxwell Campbell – amusing asides that show how the two often disagreed on the subject of wine! An elegiac yet often humorous study of wine, as readable now as it was 70 years ago.
ABOUT THE ACADEMIE DU VIN LIBRARY CLASSIC EDITIONS SERIES
The Classic Editions breathe new life into some of the finest wine-related titles written in the English language over the last 150 years. Although these books are very much products of their time – a time when the world of fine wine was confined mostly to the frontiers of France and the Iberian Peninsula and a First Growth Bordeaux or Grand Cru Burgundy wouldn’t be beyond the average purse – together they recapture a world of convivial, enthusiastic amateurs and larger-than-life characters whose love of fine vintages mirrored that of life itself. Many of the titles are still much in demand, as a glance on Amazon will show. The Académie du Vin Library is proud to be republishing them, along with insightful introductions by our favourite wine writers of the present day.