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  • A Contemplation of Wine cover
  • Format:Paperback
  • ISBN:9781913141257
  • Publication Date:07-12-2021
  • Pages:228

A Contemplation of Wine

A Contemplation of Wine

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‘you could read H Warner Allen’s delightfully discursive, compulsively rambling book as in essence a meditation on changing fashions in wine drinking, and gastronomy more generally’

Harry Eyres

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Journalist and World War I frontline reporter, Hubert Warner Allen (1881–1968) casts an observant eye over the way wine appears in literature, from the words of Roman connoisseurs to the excesses of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, taking in the wisdom of 18th-century epicurean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin and the sagacity of legendary wine writers George Saintsbury and André Simon. Warner Allen’s observations are both fascinating and highly entertaining. As Harry Eyres says: ‘Literary, historical, discursive, personal: this is very much the opposite of modern wine writing, and presents another era seen through a glass darkly.’


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.

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  • Weight0.456 kg
  • Dimensions153 x 216 mm
Herbert Warner Allen (1881-1968) was a journalist and editor, with a talent for languages and a writer on multiple subjects including his wartime exploits, wine, detective novels (which are still in print, his sleuth being the wine expert, Mr William Clerihew), and on spirituality. In 1914 Warner was an official representative of the British press at the French front. In 1917 he was with the British in Italy and in 1918 he transferred to the American expeditionary force in France, and accompanied it as it occupied Germany. Harry Eyres is a well-known theatre and wine critic, and writes for Country Life today.