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3 April 2006

In 2001, Michael Sanders spent a year abroad creating an eloquent portrait of rural French life, a story he told through the seasons of a local restaurant and its patrons, the critically-acclaimed FROM HERE YOU CAN'T SEE PARIS. After spending some time back in the States, Sanders decided to return to southern France to complete his journey. This time he decided to focus on the regional wines.

FAMILIES OF THE VINE invites the reader into the working lives of three families whose sole crop is the grapes grown in their vineyards, grapes from which they all make very good, yet quite different, wine, as they have been doing for more than four generations. FAMILIES OF THE VINE loosely follows them throughout the winemaking year, from the hopes of spring, through the drama of a summer drought and heat wave, to the mad dash of fall harvest, and then into the wine barns heady with the smells of fermentation and the reek of aging barrels.

Rich with the history and tradition of French winemaking, FAMILIES OF THE VINE is told through the voices of winemakers and their friends, from a barrelmaker in Bordeaux to a sommelier in a one-star restaurant. Whether puzzling over the maddeningly imprecise French concept of terroir or taking a gentle swipe at the 'science' of wine tasting, Michael Sanders has an engaging writing style that will appeal to amateur and enthusiast alike.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; New Ed edition (3 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817287
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fascinating and refreshingly down-to-earth book about French winemaking

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A few good friends, a good meal, a glass of wine - what could be a more simple pleasure? Why then does the subject of wine often seem so complicated? In Families of the Vine Michael Sanders shares his experience of two wonderful years spent among French winemakers and vineyards - two years in which he discovered that the story of the wine from vine to glass is as much about the people who make it, their history and traditions as it is a tale of yeast, grape and barrel.

The families of this book all work in southwest France growing malbec grapes, from which they have been making very good, very different wines for more than a hundred years. The author follows them through the seasons, sharing the hopes of spring, the anguish of a summer drought, the mad rush of the fall harvest, and then into the wine barns heady with the smells of fermentation.

Families of the Vine is not just a fascinating guide to wine and winemaking culture. It is a celebration of the breathtakingly beautiful French countryside, the delicious traditional food and most importantly of all, a quite remarkable way of life.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a vintage read. 13 Sep 2007
If you enjoyed "From here you can't see Paris", as I did, you might be expecting more of the same. Well, it is and it isn't.
Although written in similar vein, I found the book difficult to read as it is hops about from one year to another and from one wine-maker to another. There are good reasons for this, as the author explains but the book was just too disjointed for me.
The previous book, "Paris", was stuffed full of lovely imagery of France and food and restaurant life. The stories really flowed I felt I got to know the people involved. This book doesn't quite do the same; lots of facts about winemaking though.
I found myself flipping through pages and didn't have that yearning to go and visit the place as I did with "Paris".
Educational but not so enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the winemakers of Cahors 29 Oct 2008
I got this book as a gift and it really introduced me to the wines from Cahors. It's not just the wine, what's more compelling is the story around the lives of the Cahors winemakers who feature in the book.

Hot summers, devasting rain at harvest, whatever is thrown at them the real people of Cahors show remarkable courage and fortitude in dealing with it.

Great human story and also one for the wine lover.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dry and boring 25 Jan 2012
average textbook evokes more interest, hard to read, no plot no structure but at least you can be sure - the book wasn't commissioned.
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