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Burgundy: How to Find Great Wines Off the Beaten Track (Mitchell Beazley Discovering Wine Country) [Hardcover]

Patrick Matthews
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17 Mar 2005 Mitchell Beazley Discovering Wine Country
6 Introduction; 8 Understanding Burgundy; 10 Burgundy's uniqueness; 14 Making sense of the wines and wine law; 18 Good wine and how to find it; 22 Geography - the roads, rivers, railways, and towns; 24 How to get there; 26 How to travel around; 28 Where to stay; 30 How and where to eat; 32 How to make a little French go a long way; 34.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (17 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845330366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845330361
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matthews' take on Burgundy is affectionately well-informed. -- Decanter, August 2005

About the Author

Patrick Matthews is the author of the award-winning titles The Wild Bunch; and Real Wine. He also updates Michell Beazley's Wine Guide Wines of Burgundy. He contributes regularly to Wine International, Decanter, and Harpers in the UK and Saveur and Food and Wine in the USA. Patrick lives in London and has a house in Burgundy which he visits regularly.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Burgundy deserves better than this 5 Sep 2006
My initial eagerness to read this book soon gave way to disappointment. It seemed that Matthews had failed to fulfil the promise implicit in the book's title.

Although the book had plenty of words written in the apparently breathless style that seems to be the norm for so much to do with food or wine, all too often the text failed to deliver.

There was no obvious consistency in the "value for money" ratings given by Matthews. It would have been so much more useful if he had rated wines within stated price bands or by using some sort of specified yardstick.

I found errors that should never have slipped through the net, such as incorrect 'phone numbers or inadequate addresses. These are fundamental errors in a book supposedly written to encourage wine-lovers to go off the beaten track.

The brief chapter on importing wine from France into the UK was less than helpful. My own enquiries with Customs established that the procedure outlined in the book was intended for commercial imports only and was not available to individuals wishing to import wine for their own use.

All in all, I was disappointed by this book. It would require a major rewrite before I would recommend it to others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some great recomendations 3 May 2007
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While the book certainly has faults, it was great for finding more obscure vineyards. The ones we tried were welcoming and sold excellent wine and this is after all the point of such a guide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and, for those interested, it offers much detail 24 April 2013
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This guide tells you as much as you could ever want to know about Burgundy wine and them some. Useful but, for us, way too much detail about making wine
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