Giles MacDonogh

On The Grapevine

Phylloxera: How Wine Was Saved For the World

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I ONCE SPENT a memorable day at the home of Pierre Pagès, a respected restaurateur who had been born the son of a poor baker in the Cérvennes Mountains. We stopped in front of a luxuriant vine: ‘Clinton!’ he spat. ‘You know, it was not vinegar they put on that sponge they passed up to Christ, it was Clinton!’

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