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Floyd Uncorked [Hardcover]

Jonathan Pedley , Keith Floyd
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 1998

A layman’s guide to the generic wines of France – no flamboyant, obscure descriptions, just plain talking for those – like Floyd – who enjoy a glass of wine.

The book accompanies 8 x 30 minute programmes for Channel 5, screening prime time from 9 November 1998
• Each programme will be a mini regional wine tour, aided by Floyd’s relaxed style. He’ll meet the characters who reflect the lifestyle of the area, share a joke, a meal and a few bottles of the locally produced wine. He’ll also be cooking up some delicious food, using wines of the various regions.
• Master of Wine Jonathan Pedley adds weight to the informative side of the programme, and has a good rapport with Floyd. Pedley will explain all about wine tasting and the differences between the various wines – how they are made, characteristics, etc.
• Book will feature locations shots of Floyd and Pedley in France and recipe shots. There will be 10 recipes – one or two for each region, 8 illustrated in colour.
• Locations are: Loire, Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne

Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Illustrated (2 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004140591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004140599
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Plonk without the plonkers is what we get from Keith Floyd...as he fearlessly bans all overblown descriptive language from his wine show.' Victor Lewis-Smith, Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Noted for his fondness for a little slurp while he cooks, Floyd now turns his attention to what's actually in the bottle, in this refreshingly uncomplicated look at wine and how to enjoy it.

'Floyd Uncorked' features the eight wine-producing regions of France and includes:
• a layman's guide to wine – understanding, choosing and enjoying
• classic recipes specially selected to use and be accompanied by the wines of each region
• no flamboyant, obscure descriptions – just plain talking for those who, like Floyd himself, enjoy a glass or two of wine
• full colour photographs throughout

The ideal book to take with you on holiday to France, 'Floyd Uncorked' accompanies the Channel 5 television series of the same name.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As an avid wine drinker who hasn't a clue on what he's drinking, this is a great book to get you on the road to understanding French wines, their regions and marks. It is fun to read, and ideal for beginners - plus Floyd presents some great recipes for each region he explores.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book to take in occassional slurps 4 April 2009
Not really a part of the 'Floyd' series as centre stage and expertise is taken by his chum Jonathan Pedley - wine expert.
Of course, Keith Floyd's input, the occassional recipe, jocular comments and willingness to ever stress the importance of enjoyment over self important knowledge is what makes this book sooo enjoyable, especially if read whilst enjoying the odd slurp, glass or even bottle of the wines in question.
If the aim of the book is to let you understand which wine goes with which food, which wine is the best in its region, and then to allow you to fly in the face of perceived wisdom - then it succeeds in spades.
Enjoy the book, live the dream and at the end of the day ask yourself if the time taken to read Floyd Uncorked has been wasted or has enhanced your life and you are sure to decide that your time has been well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick service, great value for money 19 Sep 2009
By Gompie
Although a bit outdated and strongly focused on the British market it still is a great book. Not to 'heavy' and with some nice recepies. Pity though that some of the photos used have nothing to do whatsoever with the actual region. One can check that out by watching the even more entertaining 2DVD that was released in The Keith Floyd Cookery Collection. A sad thing though, the 'Floyd On France' series has not been released in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to French Wines, by region 18 Dec 2007
Noted for his fondness for a little slurp while he cooks, Floyd now turns his attention to what's actually in the bottle, in this refreshingly uncomplicated look at wine and how to enjoy it.

Floyd Uncorked: A No-Nonsense Guide to French Wine features the 8 wine-producing regions of France and accompanied the series of TV programmes of the same name.

Typical Floyd humour:- (from the foreword)

'First, let me state that I do not believe that we must drink white wine with fish or red wine with met. I don't even believe we have to drink wine at all, if we don't like it. You must drink what ou like, when you like it and with what you like.
That's the disclaimer over...
But, as I explained at the outset, or at least I think I explained, whereas I have devoted my liver to one of the greatest célèbres, to wit, enjoying wine, I have never really bothered to turn my enjoyment into a science or an art, nor to worry about which grape makes which wine.
I have been unconcerned about the attributes of a Merlot or a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir; and that is why it has been such a pleasure to work with JP, who will explain the intricacies and the basic facts of the drink in your glass.

144 shiny high quality pages, split over the regions:-

1. Burgundy
2. Loire
3. Rhône
4. Provence
5. Languedoc-Roussillon
6. Bordeaux
7. Alsace
8. Champagne

along with a foreword, introduction from Jonathan Pedley, and an index which indicates `wine tasting notes' with wines and regions using a particular grape listed under the variety name.
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