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KATHLEEN BURK was born and raised in California and, as the daughter of a grape farmer, has wine in her bones. While at the University of California at Berkeley, she traveled around Napa Valley tasting wine, riding pillion on a 750cc motorcycle. At Oxford she discovered European wines, to which she is devoted. She has a Diploma in Wine and Spirits, writes for the World of Fine Wine, and is a judge for the International Wine and Spirits Competition. She is the Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London and the author of Old World, New World: Great Britain and America from the Beginning.
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