Wine and War: the French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure
Don & Petie Kladstrup
The story of how French winemakers were able to preserve their wines from the occupying Germans during World War II is expertly told in Wine & War: The French, the Nazis & the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup. The French used such clever tactics as creating false cellar walls behind which they hid their best vintages, smuggling Allied soldiers out in their barrels and passing off poor vintages to the German troops. It’s a thrilling read for the history buff. Pair it with the 2003 Château La Commanderie, St.-Estèphe, Bordeaux ($30).
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