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Bordeaux: How to Find Great Wines Off the Beaten Track (Mitchell Beazley Discovering Wine Country) Paperback – 17 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845330382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845330385
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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M O N T Y WA L D I N sensed when working as a teenager on a conventionally run Bordeaux château in the mid-1980s that the more industrial sprays were applied to the grapes, the more additives and other corrective treatments were needed subsequently during the winemaking. In the mid-1990s Monty became the first wine writer to specialize in green issues. His first book, The Organic Wine Guide (Thorsons, 1999), published whilst Monty developed a biodiversity project for a Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard in California, was voted Britain's Wine Guide of the Year. He followed this with the multi award-winning Biodynamic Wines (Mitchell Beazley, 2004). Monty drew on his winemaking experiences in Chile for Wines of South America (Mitchell Beazley, 2003), winner of America's prestigious James Beard Book Award. In 2007 whilst living in Roussillon in France, Monty was filmed by Britain's Channel 4 for Château Monty, the first ever observational TV documentary on biodynamic winemaking from pruning to bottling (a six part series broadcast 2008). His other books include Discovering Wine Country: Bordeaux (2005) and Discovering Wine Country: Tuscany (2006), both Mitchell Beazley; and Château Monty (Portico, 2008). Monty has contributed to Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Guide (Mitchell Beazley), Tom Stevenson's Wine Report (Dorling Kindersley) and wrote the entries for biodynamics and organics in The Oxford Companion to Wine (ed. Jancis Robinson MW OBE, 2006). He has also contributed to BBC radio and TV, British newspapers (The Independent, London's Evening Standard, Daily Mail), and websites (, as well as to wine, travel and environmental publications including Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review, World of Fine Wine, The Ecologist, Star & Furrow (journal of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, UK) and Biodynamics (journal of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association, USA).

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Waldin has a sure touch. -- Decanter

About the Author

Monty Waldin has worked around the world for a range of wine producers in Bordeaux, Chile, California, and Germany. He is the author of Mitchell Beazley's Wines of South America which recently won the James Beard Foundation Best Wine & Spirits Book of the Year 2004. He has also written Biodynamic Wines part of Mitchell Beazley's Classic Wine Library and the Organic Wine Guide (Thorsons). He has been nominated for the Prix du Champagne Lanson and Glenfiddich drinks writing awards for his contributions to publications such as Harpers, Wine International, and Decanter. Monty lives in Stamford, England.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. Weaver on 6 Aug. 2005
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This book is quite brilliant! Not only does it help you find some of the more out of the way Chateaux to buy excellent wine at realistic prices, but it also acts as a wonderful ice breaker. We were able to show Monsieur (or Madame) le Patron where they were in this guide and they were all really chauffed to see themselves in print. Thoroughly recommend that if you are going to the Bordeaux region and fancy a bit of tasting and/or buying, that you take this invaluable guide with you.
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This book gives useful background on why the Bordeaux region makes special wines, the differences amongst the key areas and the characteristics of types of grapes. So far so good.

However, when it comes to suggested itineraries, it lacks some (in my view) pretty fundamental info. It gives you a list of chateaux to visit along a certain route, but it does not give any information on what their wines are actually like. As I decide which chateaux to approach to book a visit, I would appreciate knowing a little more about the sort of wines I'm likely to find there. Are they bold or refined? Is the quality of different vintages constant or highly variable? I don't really need a list of chateaux - there's plenty of those on the internet. But I would like to get the perspective of an expert wine commentator (assuming the author is one) on why I should visit certain chateaux instead of others. Are the big producers still at the top of the league? Are there smaller underrated chateaux that are worth visiting? This book doesn't actually tell you.

In summary, this book hasn't really helped me as much as I expected in planning my trip to the Bordeaux region - and I think I'll save space in my luggage by leaving it a home..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Bordeaux Travel Guide 9 July 2010
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There are countless books on Bordeaux and its wines.
Similarly, the area is covered by the usual travel guides.

However, if you are a wine lover trying to plan an exciting trip to Bordeaux and its wine regions, this is the book for you. With itineraries, food and lodging suggestions and an opinionated take on which properties to visit and which to skip, Monty Waldin is an indispensable guide to Bordeaux.

I've also used other titles in the series and the excellent older "Touring in Wine Country" series also by Mitchell Beazley to great success.
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Supreme knowledge 26 Oct. 2006
By D. Shiach - Published on
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Waldin's knowledge of his subject is immense but conveyed with an ease.

He is clearly no stooge to the grand marques and is forthright in his opinions without being pompous.

Whether you're a wine lover or merely someone that loves the countryside, this book is really all you'll need for a terrific week in Bordeaux.
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Great info 26 Oct. 2009
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great info on the Bordeaux wine region One of the few books available
Phenomenal book! 18 April 2015
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Terrific book! Well written
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Advertised Condition of Book in Question 30 July 2011
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My purchase was advertised as "new" condition, which I suppose is relative for a book that was published in 2006. However, I question the storage of the book, which directly impacted its condition. The actual book I received was hardly pristine. The cover has impressions in it, and the pages are slightly discolored. The book also has a noticably musty smell. While none of this affects the readability, I do feel a bit deceived by the seller. Sure, not enough to return the book and request my money back, but enough to ensure I'm more careful about 3rd party sellers through the Amazon network. As for the content of the book, it's a wonderful resource for anyone looking to assist in researching what to do on their trip to the Bordeaux region.
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