Tasting the Past

Kevin Begos


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Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616209377
Cover type: Paperback
Publish date: 6/4/2019
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"A vintner’s blend of science, history, travel, and tantalizing drink recommendations." --Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

In search of a mysterious wine he once tasted in a hotel room minibar, journalist Kevin Begos travels along the original wine routes—from the Caucasus Mountains, where wine grapes were first domesticated eight thousand years ago, crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, and then America—and unearths a whole world of forgotten grapes, each with distinctive tastes and aromas.
We meet the scientists who are decoding the DNA of wine grapes, and the historians who are searching for ancient vineyards and the flavors cultivated there. Begos discovers wines that go far beyond the bottles of Chardonnay and Merlot found in most stores and restaurants, and he offers suggestions for wines that are at once ancient and new.
Kevin Begos is a former MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow and a former AP correspondent whose stories and research have appeared in major newspapers and other publications, including Scientific American, Harper's, Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guild of Sommeliers, USA Today, and the New York Times.

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