Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 1996, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour plates; Black & white drawings;
From the cover: This alphabetical trip down the highways of wine history covers almost nine centuries of wine trading and drinking.
It is a book to dip into for anyone who loves wine, or is interested in Elizabethan hangovers, or Regency glass or eighteenth century cures for gout, or in learning something about vintages.
From A for amontillado to Z for zapatos the leather, nail-studded boots they used to wear when treading grapes in Jerez Lots of Bottle abounds in fascinating fact and fiction. Dr Johnson has his say on heroic drinking, and Dickens Sairey Gamp makes a suitably befuddled appearance along with real-life characters like Mr Van Horn who drank 35,680 bottles of wine over 22 years and lived to be 98.
Helen Reids sparkling text is further illuminated by around 120 colour and black & white illustrations including the delightful pen-and-ink drawings of Edward Ardizzone and wood-engravings by David Gentleman.
Published to mark the 200th anniversary of Harveys of Bristol, Lots of Bottle also gives a potted history of the wine trade in Bristol from the days when the citys port first imported clairet, a young red wine from Aquitaine.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Index. 9¾” x 8″.