Alex Rowell

Alex Rowell

Alex Rowell is the author of “Vintage Humour: The Islamic Wine Poetry of Abu Nuwas” (Hurst, 2017), and a co-author of “Tears of Bacchus: A History of Wine in the Arab World” (Gilgamesh, 2019).

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The Wine Critics of Early Islam

The Wine Critics of Early Islam

The language used by early Arab poets to appraise wine shows striking parallels to the style of wine criticism we know today. Arab and Muslim poets writing hundreds of years ago used a vocabulary to evaluate wine that would only become current in the West in the late 20th century.

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