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Wine: A Cultural History


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John Varriano is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. He is the author of Italian Baroque and Rococo Architecture (1986), Rome: A Literary Companion (1991), Caravaggio: The Art of Realism (2006), and Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy (2009).


'Varriano's beautifully illustrated and detailed study shows how wine has inspired us in art, literature and religion. It is the perfect drinking companion.' - The Guardian 'Those who have overindulged in the subject might like instead to read about the culture of the vine. Drawing on poetry, art and history, Varriano presses out some of the infinitely rich past of the fermented grape.' - I (Independent mini version) 'packed with interesting anecdotes, it's beautifully illustrated and exhaustively researched, and romps along at a great pace.' - Decanter 'John Varriano offers a chatty, charming and intelligent tale of wine from Neolithic times to the present, with frequent reference to the visual arts and literature. It is a delightful journey ... You have an immensely pleasant ramble through visions of Bacchus and tipsy monks and theories of medicine ... The book as a whole is fluent, fun, and filled with delightful scraps of history, literature, religion, and art.' - Kenneth Bendiner, Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and author of Food in Painting (Reaktion, 2004)

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