Literary Programme 2018

Nina Caplan

Nina Caplan

Nina Caplan

Organico Café

Thu 19 July 2018



The ticket for this event includes a complimentary glass of wine – or a non-alcoholic alternative – which will be served on your arrival at Organico Café.

Join wine and travel journalist Nina Caplan for a glass of wine and an engaging conversation about her new book The Wandering Vine: Wine, the Romans and Me.

Impelled by a dual thirst, for wine and for knowledge, Nina follows the vine into the past, wandering from Champagne’s ancient chalk to the mountains of Campania, via the crumbling Roman ruins that flank the river Rhône and the remote slopes of Priorat in Catalonia. She meets people whose character, stubbornness and sometimes, borderline craziness makes their wine great: an intrepid Englishman planting on rabbit-infested Downs, a glamorous eagle-chasing Spaniard and an Italian lawyer obsessed with reviving Falernian, legendary wine of the Romans. In the course of her travels, she drinks a lot and learns a lot: about dead conquerors and living wines, forgotten zealots and – in vino veritas, as Pliny said – about herself.

In this lyrical and charming book, Nina drinks in order to remember and travels in order to understand the meaning of home. This is narrative travel writing at its best.

‘A travel journal like no other I've ever read: evocative, intelligent, beautifully written, a pilgrimage of the soul through a love of wine and the vineyards that produce it.’ Elisabeth Luard

‘Rich and multi-layered, full of love and family, erudite and dense with fascinating detail while being as deliciously gluggable as a fine pinot noir. Intoxicating stuff.’ Marina O'Loughlin

‘Nina Caplan and I share a family tree; I had no idea, until I read this marvellous book, that it was a vine. I am drunk with her passionate knowledge.’ Maureen Lipman

Nina Caplan is an arts, wine and travel journalist and Louis Roederer International Food and Wine Writer of the Year, 2016. She was Directories Editor for the Guardian and Features and Arts Editor for Time Out before going freelance and these days she wanders too much to remain deskbound. The Wandering Vine is published by Bloomsbury in March 2018. Nina lives in London and Burgundy.

A complimentary glass of wine – or a soft drink – will be served on arrival. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase from Organico in advance of the event but not during or after.

Nina’s photo is by Craig Moyes