In the Vine Country
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In the Vine Country is the first-hand account of a harvest season spent in Bordeaux by second cousins Edith Somerville and Martin Ross (Violet Florence Martin). It chronicles their adventures with vintners and wine growers as well as those who live (and drink) in the region.
Originally published in The Lady's Pictorial between 1890–1891, the book is a travelogue about the pair's time spent together among the people of the Medoc as they watched and participated in wine production. What seems to begin as an account of two beleaguered travelers baffled by a strange land becomes an affectionate and witty snapshot of a region that readers would still recognize in large part upon visiting today. It surely evokes a magical sense of place.
Somerville and Ross collaborated on at least 30 books together before Ross's death. Somerville continued to write after her cousin's passing under the name "Somerville and Ross".
In the Vine Country is one of the Academie du Vin Library's Classic Editions, chosen, in the words of Hugh Johnson, for being "elegant, informative, inspiring, often eccentric and frequently witty."
Paperback. Black and white illustrations throughout.