Wine: A Cultural History
by John Varriano, Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History
Mount Holyoke College
London: Reaktion Books, Ltd., 2010
Wine has been made by almost every civilization throughout history. It has played a part in religious ceremonies, from Dionysus and Bacchus in ancient Greece and Rome to the Catholic Eucharist and the Jewish Kiddush; it has inspired artists, thinkers, writers and poets through the ages; has even been used as a medicine by the healing professions; and has been a pleasant relaxant for a huge number of people. In Wine: A Cultural History eminent art historian John Varriano takes us on a tour of wine's history, revealing the polarizing effect wine has had on society and culture through the ages.
280 pages with 105 illustrations