French wine is invariably associated with France’s diverse terroirs, or “sense of place.” Such wines evoke images of medieval castles or bucolic landscapes, time-honored traditions of happy peasants crushing grapes, and artisanship and quality. The French fascination with place is said to be centuries-old, unaffected by upheaval and change. This lecture presents a different story, showing that the link between wine and place was not an inherent part of French wine traditions but instead gained widespread appeal as a result of France’s monumental retreat from French Algeria. The legacy of this transformation continues to do political and cultural work today.
Joseph Bohling is Assistant Professor of History at Portland State University. His new book, The Sober Revolution: Appellation Wine and the Transformation of France, was published by Cornell University Press in 2018.
Sponsored by the history department. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 4:30pm
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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