The first book on wine in history is said to have been written by Theophrastus, a philosopher from Lesvos who was Aristotle’s disciple and successor. The book was called “Of Wine and Olive Oil” but, sadly, it has been lost to us. Be that as it may, wine was one of Theophrastus’ major literary engagements. Around 317 BC, among other topics, his masterly, erudite treatises included the art of winegrowing and wine tasting (“Enquiry into Plants”; “On the Causes of Plants”; and “On Smells”).