USED Condition: VG+ Hardcover Oct 7, 2003 Linked to activities sacred, sinful, and everything in between, wine has been central to the revels and rituals of nearly every culture in history. With exquisite full-color photographs throughout, Wine takes you on a fantastic journey around the world, and tells the complete story of this extraordinary “drink of the gods”–its origins, its manufacture, and its varieties. Over 800 vintages from all over Europe-Eastern and Western, the Middle East, South America, Australia, and the United States are described here in detail. And sections on sparkling wines like Champagne, and fortified elixirs such as sherry and port are included along with a multitude of entries on the amazing range of reds, whites, and rosés. Full indexed with up-to-date information on the latest vintages and wineries, labeling, temperature control, appropriate food accompaniments, and current terminology, this sumptuous volume is a must for anyone interested in culture, fine-dining, and drink.