The Tang, Song and Ming dynasties, Confucius, the Yellow Emperor, Pharmacopoeia: testimonies over the centuries that certify oenology in the Orient.
You can reread centuries of history using the lens of Bacchus’ nectar, which hence becomes the subject of speeches on and considerations of ancient and modern characters.
Il Milione informed 13th-century travellers on the customs and habits of the Orient. They discovered wine’s omnipresence. But not made from grapes...
The world of the dithyrams of Francesco Redi, lyrical compositions that extol inebriation brought by wine, in the name of fantasy and “doing whatever you like”
Wine is an aphrodisiac. Many of the greats of history were convinced of this, from Plato to Charlemagne to Manet.