Special Places to Stay: French Vineyards is a guide that will be irresistible to wine-loving Francophiles. The French wine industry has survived the New World's invasion of the market and its estates - many of which are run by artisan producers - continue to produce a variety and quality of wine that holds its place in our affections. The writer and researcher, Patrick Hilyer, owns a restaurant in northern France and has found owners who combine wine production with unbeatable hospitality. He has chosen places where there is an emphasis on fine food, convivial meals and an easy-going inclusiveness.
Patrick Hilyer, author of the award-winning wine travel guide French Vineyards, lives and works in France. He and his wife own a restaurant in Normandy.
In praise of French Vineyards...
"a wonderful book, full of information and enchantment" Heimburger's European Traveller
"a vicarious travel adventure" Jancis Robinson OBE, Master of Wine
"enticing and indispensable" Jonathan Ray, wines editor, Daily Telegraph
"recommendations from all the French wine regions" Jim Budd, independent wine journalist and chairman of The Circle of Wine Writers
In praise of Broke the Grape's Joy...
"a real page turner of a story full of teasing clues and cliff-hanging suspense...a triumph of a little book, immensely readable and with the added interest of its back-story for the wine buff. Highly recommended." Tom Cannavan, wine journalist
"What a delighful, heartwarming novel it is. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Peter May, Wines Editor, BellaOnline
"full-bodied, spicy with fascinating and fruity overtones." John Walker, Author of The Jagermeister's Apprentice