The Fireside Book of Wine

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  • Published by:
    • Simon & Schuster, 1977, USA.
  • Edited by: Alexis Bespaloff
  • Also contains:
    • “Wine of Paris” byMarcel Ayme
    • “What You Always Wanted to Ask About Wine” by Russell Baker
    • “It Puckers Your Mouth” by Art Buchwald
    • “Earliest Wine Memories” by Colette
    • “Last Bottle in the World” by Stanley Ellin
    • “Vineyard Confrontation” by Idwal Jones
    • “‘Spanish Champagne’ Case” by Robert Keeling
    • “Aged and a Great Wine” by George Meredith
    • “Winesmanship” by Stephen Potter
    • “But Then, How It Was Sweet!” by G.B. Stern
    • “Greatest Wine in the World” by Bruce Todd


Some of the world’s greatest wine lovers – with here and there a dissenting voice – celebrate the glories and pleasures of wine and the many roles it plays in life itself’. Many notables give their two cents worth in this volume about wine: Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Andre Simon, Roald Dahl, Art Buchwald and many more. Discussions, essays, poetry, anecdotes and personal comments… from Lord Byron (Don Juan) – “Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach Who please, the more because they preach in vain – Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda-water the day after”.