Kevin Begos: Wine links past to present

Kevin Begos: Wine links past to present

“Eat, drink and be merry, for everything else is not worth that.” (Inscription on tomb of Hittite king, 1400 BC) – for the love of wine.

Kevin Begos earned his creds as an AP science correspondent and seems to have found his way to the sweeter side of life in a hotel room in Amman, Jordan, where, thirsty for a beverage, he turned to his mini-bar and opened a small bottle of Cremisan, an obscure grape varietal that captured his taste buds and his imagination.

Searching for original wine grapes that have retreated to small vineyards in obscure locations or have totally disappeared from the landscape may have also been inspired by a book he reviewed in 2016 and written by Alice Feiring, “For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture.”

Whatever his motivation, Begos has spent his time and committed resources to a research-based document that helps everyone with even the slightest bit of interest in discovering the DNA of the wines in their glass onto a path of discovery and enlightened understanding of why the most popular wines on the shelves of wine shops, supermarkets and restaurant menus are dominated by what are considered “noble grapes.” The author seduces us into his search for the DNA or wine and grapes by asking the question: Where did the indigenous grapes of the world go? Why have they disappeared?

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