Stay Me With Flagons

Classic Editions

Maurice Healy

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‘An amateur wine book, in both senses of the word. Healy is a passionate lover of wine whose story rollicks along with humour, passion, erudition and fun. And if his tales of the origins and history of events differ from our received wisdom, then we are all the more enlightened by his alternative version.’

Fiona Morrison MW

WRITING IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH of World War II, wine merchant, gentleman soldier and cricketer Ian Maxwell Campbell casts an affectionate and occasionally wistful look back at the Golden Age of wine, when Bordeaux was affordable, Burgundy’s finest vintages tended towards cannibalism and other wines could be… well, surprisingly attractive. Among the tales of convivial drinking and anecdotes involving Winston Churchill and WG Grace, the author paints a vivid picture of a pre-war (and pre-phylloxera) wine world whose horizons were about to expand beyond all imagining.

Wayward Tendrils of the Vine, though, is much more than a collection of reminiscences. As Neal Martin points out in his Introduction: “The title alone is a perfect allegory for how we learn about wine, how knowledge grows organically over time, never knowing what the next bottle will teach us, how it might alter preconceptions or where it might lead.”

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Maurice Healy’s love letter to wine, and to the wines he enjoyed with friends during his long study of the subject. Healy takes us on a comprehensive tour of Europe, visiting all the key wine regions of the time and commenting on the impact of World War II on wine production. Originally written in 1940, this edition was first published after Healy’s premature death in 1950 with notes from his great friend Ian Maxwell Campbell – amusing asides that show how the two often disagreed on the subject of wine! An elegiac yet often humorous study of wine, as readable now as it was 70 years ago.

About our Classics Editions


The Classic Editions breathe new life into some of the finest wine-related titles written in the English language over the last 150 years. Although these books are very much products of their time – a time when the world of fine wine was confined mostly to the frontiers of France and the Iberian Peninsula and a First Growth Bordeaux or Grand Cru Burgundy wouldn’t be beyond the average purse – together they recapture a world of convivial, enthusiastic amateurs and larger-than-life characters whose love of fine vintages mirrored that of life itself. Many of the titles are still much in demand, as a glance on Amazon will show. The Académie du Vin Library is proud to be republishing them, along with insightful introductions by our favourite wine writers of the present day.

Author Bio

Maurice F. Healy BL, MC (1887–1943) was an Irish lawyer and author, who is best remembered for his legal memoir The Old Munster Circuit. He was born in Cork, son of the well-known solicitor Maurice Healy and nephew of Timothy Michael Healy, the first Governor-General of the Irish Free State. Maurice at one point stood for Parliament as a candidate for West Waterford. After the Irish War of Independence, while several of his close relatives became prominent political figures in the Irish Free State, he chose to practice at the English Bar. He was made King’s Counsel in 1931. He became Recorder of Coventry in 1941; it was suggested this might be the prelude to a High Court judgeship, but any such hope was cut short by his premature death.
He wrote celebrated books on wine – Claret and the White Wines of Bordeaux (1934), and Stay Me With Flagons (1940). With André Simon (who referred to Healy as ‘my dearly beloved disciple’) and others, he founded the Saintsbury Club in 1931, which still meets today, reportedly stating that it should be created ‘to perpetuate and honour his name’ (Professor George Saintsbury). A legendary wit and conversationalist, Healy also made a number of celebrated BBC broadcasts during the war years.

Additional Information

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781913141233
Publication Date: 7 December, 2021
Pages: 266