Praise for Dying on the Vine

"Fascinating. . . . [Gale] brings fresh insights to the tale."—The Economist

“[A] fine reference for the botanically inclined and researcher alike. So why dwell on a plague that happened almost 150 years ago? Because it is still with us, waiting to mutate, as it did in California in the 1980s, eventually destroying thousands of acres of vines.”—Wine Spectator

"Our Closest Plant-Friend, the Grape..."

In the late 19th Century, a tiny, aphid-like bug -- phylloxera -- wiped out up to an estimated 90% of Europe's grapevines. Within decades, the vine-killing bug traveled from Europe to Africa, South America, Australia, and the United States, destroying vineyards everywhere it went.

In Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine, philosophy professor and wine lover George Gale explores the crisis with fresh details and stunning insights. Nominated for a 2012 IACP Award, Dying on the Vine is an excellent and immendsely readable history of wine and its continuing transformation in the wake of an environmental disaster.

If you love wine and what Gale calls “our closest plant friend, the grape,"     enter now to win Dying on the Vine. COPIES FOR TEN WINNERS!


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