Today, however, I'd like to discuss France, where a recent report on Decanter.com notes that, last week, a French-language book called Vignes et Vins: Un Monde a Decouvrir (Vines and Wines: A World to Discover) was published to a fair amount of fanfare--both good and bad.
It aims, according to the report, to explain "the cycle of vine-growing and the cultural role that wine plays in France, and tells the story of wine from the Romans to the present day."
So far, there hasn't been too much in the way of protesting, but keep your eyes open: This is exactly the kind of book that should set the anti-alcohol crusaders off on their typical tizzies, and may well lead to the sort of national discussion that France seems to have been headed toward for a long time. Should be very interesting to follow.
In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed on this side of the Atlantic, too: "The publisher..." according to Decanter.com, "is also considering an English translation."