The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond by Oz Clarke is not a tome of dates and facts as dry as the pages on which its printed. Rather it is a collection of stories that illuminate the way history has shaped wine; and vice versa.
These quick to read essays cover topics in wine history both ancient and modern. The History of Wine in 100 Bottles explores everything from the growing science involved in viticulture and viniculture, the birth and evolution of the wine bottle as we know it, extreme wine, wine forgery scandals, and so much more.
I particularly enjoyed the way Clarke wrote this in short, digestible chapters. He doesn’t get mired in dry, extraneous detail. The essays are to the point, educational, sometimes shocking, and often amusing. Above all, they’re always interesting.