Wine: In praise of the harvest gods

Wine is the one remaining crop that reminds us of where our food comes from - and the importance of the seasons in its production, writes Tomás Clancy.

31st August, 2013
Gathering vines in Bordeaux: a good harvest is important to survival. Photo: Getty

One of the most alarming phrases of the last five years has been 'food security'. But while it sounds like a 21st century worry, it is actually one with which mankind has been struggling for millenniums. The problem of where our next meal is coming from is simply one we in the West forgot about, briefly, after we cut ourselves off from the land, the seasons and the harvest.

In ancient times, the harvest was...

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