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Reflections of a Wine Merchant: On a Lifetime in the Vineyards and Cellars of France and Italy

Reflections of a Wine Merchant: On a Lifetime in the Vineyards and Cellars of France and Italy

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  • Publisher: North Point Press
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: 05/2009
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm
  • Weight: 262g
  • Format: softcover
  • ISBN:  9780374531782


Rosenthal shares with us the experience of learning his trade: the friendships, the adventures and the challenges to overcome in order to convince others to like what he likes. He introduces us to these winegrowers, imbued for generations with the history of their land, who produce wines with a pronounced character using traditional and "unscientific" methods of grape growing and winemaking. We travel to their homes, cellars, vineyards and family circles and listen to them reflect on their work and talk about their traditions. Among this exceptional range of personalities, we meet the formidable Madame Jeanne Ferret in the Maconnais, the now famous Giampiero and Paolo Bea in Umbria, the amiable Luigi Ferrando at the foot of the Alps, the humble aristocrat Cyrille Portalis in his ancestral castle of Pradeaux on the Mediterranean, and many more. 

With Rosenthal as our guide, we travel through the great wine regions of France and Italy, witnessing, from his unique perspective, three decades of remarkable controversy, hype and change. 

The author:

Neil I. Rosenthal is one of the most virulent figures against globalization, homogenization and "criticization" of the wine trade. He appeared in the documentary film Mondovino and was also one of the main subjects of The Accidental Connoisseur by Lawrence Osborne. He is an important voice in defense of the individual and the craftsman, and their contribution to our quality of life.

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