Thursday, March 19, 2009
French wine makers in WWII: an inspiring story!
Title: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure.
By: Don and Petrie Kladstrup
The authors interviewed several members of five prominent wine making families in France. Very interesting stories of how they personally hid Jewish refugees in wine caves and smuggled members of the Resistance in wine barrels! We read of grape harvests ruined because of the shortage of horses, sulfur dust and lack of people to work the crops; how the Nazis were given bottles of inferior wine while the good vintages were holed up in private caves. Interspersed with a clear analysis of the Vichy government, de Gaulle's leadership and the anticipation of the Allied forces coming to liberate France and help recover rare stolen French wine. Great imagery and very well written book.