From the advent .
Addressing a gathering of overall abstainers, at Manchester, a little while in the past, the Bishop of Lincoln deplored the truth that teetotalism used to be making no headway. the commonsense of the race is saying itself and condemns with equivalent justice all excesses; intemperance in drink is universally deprecated and the intemperance in speech and assertion of overall abstinence advocates, "whose antagonism to alcohol has fossilized into superstition," is both condemned through all sober-minded people.
The tremendous majority of brain-workers, during this as in all different civilized nations, drink wines and spirits, and there needs to be many that want to recognize anything extra trustworthy approximately alcohol than what's to be present in the varied guides issued by way of overall abstinence institutions. There has no longer been any finished paintings upon wines and spirits released in England for a few years, and the Committee of the Wine exchange membership have determined to factor a chain of text-books to provide the general public in addition to wine-merchants with actual evidence and figures approximately wines and spirits.
the current quantity is the 1st of those text-books; it involves six chapters which correspond to the six lectures dehvered by way of the Wine alternate membership at Vintners' corridor through the iciness of 1911 — 1912. it can be acknowledged to shape an advent to the learn of the topic ; it encompasses a strictly right yet very brief description of the historical past of the wine alternate in England and basic details at the starting to be of vines, the artwork of wine-making, the technological know-how of distillation and the results of alcohol upon the human physique. a few should be happy with the superficial wisdom won from the subsequent pages, yet many extra might be triggered thereby to take a keener curiosity than hitherto right into a department of trade the examine of which deals a bigger and extra assorted box of study than any other.
the following volumes will deal exhaustively with different wines of the realm on the old and technical issues of view. One quantity of the sequence will take care of the botanical, medical, chemical, clinical, and political elements of the query, when one other quantity could be fullyyt dedicated to spirits.