Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs (wine usually seems to be made in attractive surroundings) as well as maps, the books in this series describe the wine-producing regions of each country. The authors recommend itineraries, list wineries, describe the local cuisines, suggest wine bars and restaurants, and provide a mass of practical information—much of which is not readily available elsewhere Each title includes: o Itineraries and maps o Local gastronomic specialties o Hundreds of visitor-friendly wineries o Descriptions of local and regional wines o Museums and sightseeing points o Lists of wine festivals and exhibitions o Restaurants, hotels and wine stores o Reference section and glossary France is the home of many of the world's greatest wines—nowhere else will you find such a warm welcome awaiting you in the cellar. Every one of the country's wine regions produces a unique selection of wines, often made with grapes used nowhere else for winemaking. Christopher Fielden describes France's most important wine-producing areas, gives the background to the wines, and provides a guide to visiting the best producers. Hundreds of wineries that welcome visitors are listed, together with their addresses, telephone numbers, websites and opening times. Christopher Fielden is a cheerful and knowledgeable guide. The French wine regions and their vineyards are well drawn. There are clear guidelines for visiting wineries and tasting their wines. Is there a charge for tasting? Are you expected to spit? (Yes in Burgundy; no in Alsace.) This book provides answers to these and many other questions.
Christopher Fielden is the author of numerous books on wine, including Serving Wine; Burgundy, Vines and Wines (with John Arlott; 1976); Harvey’s Pocket Book of Wine (1981); The Sainsbury’s Book of Wine (1982); Alsace Wines (with Pamela Vandyke Price; 1984); Wine (1988); White Burgundy (1988); Is This the Wine You Ordered Sir? (1989); A Dynasty in Drink (1994); Exploring Wines and Spirits (2001); The Wines of Argentina, Chile and Latin America (2003). Jim Budd changed careers in 1988 when he went from education to wine. Since then he has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including Decanter (since early 1989), Harpers Wine & Spirit Weekly, Off Licence News, Taste, Wine & Spirit International, The Financial Times, The Independent and Independent on Sunday. He is a contributing editor to Wine Business Insider and also contributes to Wine Business Monthly. In 1991 he began editing Circle Update, the newsletter of the Circle of Wine Writers, and has just produced issue number 71. His book Appreciating Fine Wines was published in 1996 and was subsequently shortlisted for the André Simon Award. He was general editor for Great Wine Tours of the World (2002) and has contributed to Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Guide, The Global Encyclopaedia of Wine, Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guide, Oz Clarke's CD-ROM, and Oz Clarke Wine Atlas. In 1997 he received the Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for his investigation into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams, and continues to expose the dangers of drinks investment on his award-winning web site www.investdrinks.org. He has travelled widely and visited many of the world's vineyards.
"A boon to travellers and wine lovers alike...an astonishing amount of practical advice, historical and architectural information, an easy-to-read breakdown of every wine area in their chosen countries... These books are sure to inspire holiday makers to set off in new directions..."
"Offers invaluable information...clear, colorful maps, driving times from major cities, descriptions of the regions and their wines, short and lengthy itineraries and times and places for local wine festivals. There are sections on food specialties to go with a region's best wines. Most important, perhaps, the guides provide names, addresses, telephone numbers (and website addresses) of wine producers who speak English and who welcome guests to their cellars."
– Frank Prial, Wine Talk, The New York Times
"Each author takes the reader on a personal tour of their country, talking about the wines, the routes to get from one wine town to another, local sights of interest, gastronomic specialties and more. Numerous color maps and photos help to make these books easy to use."
"...a fascinating introduction to France's wine regions and vineyards..."