Wine and war book summary
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Book Review: Wine & War by Don and Petie Kladstrup ~ The Wine StalkerBoth contributors to Wine Spectator, the Kladstrups—Don, a distinguished journalist and former TV news correspondent, and his wife, Petie, a freelance writer—have unearthed and compiled an array of facts and anecdotes about the significance of French wine—to the French and to their enemies—and the role of French winemakers during WWII. Basing their account on interviews with survivors and other research, the authors focus on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Some Frenchmen, such as Louis Eschenauer who, after the war, was tried for economic collaboration with the enemy, found guilty and sent to prison , were more than willing to do business with the enemy, but most not only resisted German occupation but also refused to give up their prized vintages to the Germans. To get even with the Germans who stole his wine, Jean-Michel Chevreau siphoned wine from barrels that were being shipped to Germany and refilled them with water. Although their book makes for an engaging read, the Kladstrups have organized their material in a rambling manner, which, unfortunately, makes the many names and events discussed easy to confuse. May
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