The Mythology of Wine, A Book Review

From forbidden fruit to the blood of Christ, grapevines and our beloved wine have been the subjects of myths and religion since the beginning of time. Ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s tomb contained 26 wine jars made with wines by 15 winemakers (pg. 59). Dionysus had many names and ruled several vegetative subjects, but reined supreme…

Foul Play in Vouvray, A Book Review

Anyone else love a good ole wine country detective mystery set in the Loire Valley? Because if you do, you’re in luck! Foul Play in Vouvray may just be the beach read you need this summer (if we are allowed to even go to the beach). My old boss back in D.C. sent me a…

The Garden of Eden, A Book Review

I hope I’m not offending a dead author here, but I struggled a bit through The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway. Not that the writing is hard–Hemingway is known for his simplicity, but the style is all his, and though I’ve tried, I haven’t fully been able to enjoy it in any of the…

On Choosing Books & Wine

I’ll admit that it has been a while since I read a really great book. This is disappointing to me because I like to think of myself as a “reader,” although, it’s hard to carry that title these days due to the lack of actual book reading that is occurring. I’m to blame for this,…

Author Spotlight: Mary L. Tabor

Readers of History & Wine, I have a special spotlight for you. If you have been following along over the past year, you may have noticed my deep love of reading and writing woven throughout the articles I post. I have referenced several authors and books, many of which I have reviewed for you here….

The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln, A Book Review

“They had put the president’s health, well being and safety in my hands, under their threat to me. How had they put it? ‘We entrust the sacred life of Mr. Lincoln to your keeping. If you don’t protect it, never return to Illinois, or we will murder you on sight.’ I didn’t drop my guard…