Robert Louis Stevenson quote on phylloxera

Posted this the other day on my Instagram, but thought it was worth placing here as well. This is a beautiful quote from RLS from his book The Silverado Squatters. Stevenson wrote this while honeymooning in Napa Valley in the early 1880s. This was a tense and emotional time for lovers of French wine, as much of the country was already under siege by phylloxera, but the "cure" had yet to be announced.