Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure Author Donald Kladstrup
ISBN-10 0767904486
ISBN-13 9780767904483
Year 2002-04-30
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Broadway Books
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The remarkable untold story of Frances courageous clever vinters who protected and rescued the countrys most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine Claude Terrail owner Restaurant La Tour dArgentIn 1940 France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear their wine Like others in the French Resistance winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknownuntil now This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them Wine and War illuminates a compelling little known chapter of history and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that in a very real way saved the spirit of France

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