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9000 Years of Wine

A World History

by (author) Rod Phillips

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
May 2017
Wine, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
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On the Guardian (UK) Best Books on Drink list of 2017

Humans have had a complicated history with wine for thousands of years. It has been a banal item in the daily diet and treated as a liquid treasure. It has been venerated as a gift from the gods and cursed as threat to social order. It has been considered healthy to drink as well as hazardous to health. In 9000 Years of Wine, Rod Phillips surveys this long story and places wine in the broad sweep of history. He shows how it has been linked to big social, cultural, and economic swings, how it has been caught up in wars and revolutions, and how it has had an impact on the lives of men and women for millennia.

About the author

Rod Phillips
is an Ottawa-based wine writer and wine historian, and a professor of history at Carleton University. His books include A Short History of Wine (2000), Ontario Wine Country (2006), Alcohol: A History (2014), and French Wine: A History (2016). He writes wine features for NUVO Magazine and Vines Magazine, has contributed to The World of Fine Wine and, and publishes articles and wine reviews on He travels extensively to wine regions around the world and has judged in wine competitions in Canada, the US, France, Italy, New Zealand, and Chile.

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