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Is this Bottle Corked?

Michael Bywater

Is this Bottle Corked?: The Secret Life of Wine, by Kathleen Burk and Michael Bywater, is a highly entertaining and enlightening compendium on the curiosities, culture, craft, history and oddities of wine.

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What was Falstaff drinking when he called for more sack? What did they actually drink at Plato’s Symposium? Why does Bridget Jones drink Chardonnay? Why do we drink to forget (and why doesn’t it work)? All these and many other intriguing questions will be answered in Is this Bottle Corked? As much for bon vivants and those of us who just enjoy a good glass or two as for the committed oenophile, this book is guaranteed to provide readers with a ‘Yes, but did you know . . .’ for every time a cork is drawn.

Michael Bywater

Michael Bywater is an author and broadcaster whose recent books include Lost Worlds (Granta, 2004) and Big Babies (Granta, 2006). He writes regularly for the Independent, where he is also Quizmaster of the Saturday Review, and for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and numerous other publications. He is a regular broadcaster for the BBC, and Development Executive for Studio…

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