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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wine Travel Media (14 Mar. 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0992833108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992833107
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wink has always worked in the world of wine and since the late 1980s has been a wine communicator, teaching wine trade students, entertaining wine lovers and writing for magazines and books. In addition she has worked with specialist wine book authors and publishers including on books by Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson.

Wink lives partly in London and partly in the French Alps. She has become a specialist in the unusual wines of the French Alps (Savoie, Bugey and others) and of the Jura, contributing to many books and magazines on these specialist regions. Wink has also been involved in travel guide writing and editing for her specialist areas.

Since Wink created the Wine Travel Guides website, she has spent much of her life living on the internet and social media. Through this she has made contact with wine lovers all over the world, and discovered there was a huge and growing interest in the wines of the Jura. In 2013 she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund the publication of her first book, Jura Wine, self-published in March 2014 using her many years of experience in publishing.

More about Jura can be found on her website www.jurawine.co.uk and her main website is www.winetravelmedia.com

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'Jura Wine is written lovingly, and is a significant literary homage to one of

my passions . . . I did not join Wink [on her travels] but this book does the

trick - I feel as if I am there, at her side in the Jura.'

<strong>Raymond Blanc OBE</strong>

'At her Jura master class Wink conveyed with great ease and remarkable

precision her huge enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the Jura wine region.'

<strong>Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW</strong>

At last, a book that uncovers the secrets of the fascinating wines of the gorgeous Jura region in eastern France. Author Wink Lorch, who has been writing about these wines for over a decade, offers technical discussions on the wines, an insight into the region's history and shares the untold stories of over 90 wine producers, from the smallest to the largest.

The myriad styles of Jura wines have caught the imagination of sommeliers and wine lovers around the world, yet until now there has never been a book about the region in English. Wink puts the spotlight on the curious grapes, interesting terroir and fascinating people who come together to produce these wines and shows how and why the wine styles have developed over the years. You will discover which wines are the ones to select from each producer.

Primarily a book on the wines of the Jura, but you will also find out about the delicious regional cheeses, including Comté, the sausages and the other tasty local foods and drinks. To help you plan a visit to the region there are tips on where to stay, eat, shop and visit.

This book is the ultimate insider's guide to the Jura wine region and is an essential addition to the library of wine professionals and wine lovers alike.


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By Daniel Keller on 17 Oct. 2014
Format: Paperback
Wink Lorch's Jura Wine is simply the most comprehensive and up to date book ever written about the Jura Wine region in any language, period. Unlike French books about the same topic is does not limit itself to a very local to the Jura (sometime too narrow) view point. It indeed very accurately conveys the locals point of view on their marvellous wine region and numerous wine styles but also takes a unique worldwide view (covering aspect other writers have never covered so far (ie) perception of Jura wines abroad (where they are increasingly popular) and legacy of Jura winemakers styles in other world wine regions. On top of that there is a very handy tourism chapter for folks willing to discover the Jura wine region on their own. Wink was the right person to write such book - at a critical time for the region - as due to her long career in the wine education business she knows the wine world inside out and the Jura wine region in particular better than most. There will be a before and after "Jura Wine the book". Very rarely in the history of a wine region a book would have single handedly helped a region get greater recognition abroad. This book just does that and will fast become a classic. It is no accident that this book was short listed for the 2014 Louis Roederer wine book of the year award.

Daniel Keller, Sommelier at le Fouquet's Paris.
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By Tom on 6 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I was extremely excited when I heard about this project on Kickstarter. Honestly, I was concerned that the book could live up to my hopes and expectations, but it has -- it's a really wonderful book and essential reading for those that want to learn about the Jura. Her writing is very approachable, it's filled with a tremendous amount of information and imagine this will be the benchmark source for information about Jura wine for many years to come.
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Magnificent 3 April 2014
By Roger High - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An in-depth account of the Jura wine region, the grapes, the vintners and their wine, magnificently presented, hugely readable, and great photos to illustrate the text. I am one of the lucky few who obtained a copy of this book through the authors Kickstarter campaign. If you are a wine buff, and keen to learn more about Jura wines then this is the book for you. I cant praise this book enough (I rarely give a wine book 5 stars but here it is most definitely deserved). Buy it when it becomes available through Amazon. Oh if most other wine books were of similar quality.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Uncover the Secrets of the Wines of the Jura 17 Oct. 2014
By M. A. Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This review 1st appeared on the High Point Holidays' blog.
We purchased this beautiful book through the author's project on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website and we're so glad we did. A more comprehensive book on Jura Wine, you will not find. And as Wink notes in her introduction, she didn't expect to write such a detailed book; after all, the Jura only produces 0.2% of France's wines.
But, although it may be France's smallest wine region, it is also so completely different from any other wine region. The Jura wine region is less than half of the whole of the Chablis area, yet in the Jura almost every colour and style of wine is made and "this is what makes the region's wines so endlessly fascinating."
In the book Wink looks at the region's appellations and explains such peculiarities as: why in some years,the producers of Chateau Chalon are not allowed a vintage under the AOC, such as in 1984 and 2001; and why Vin Jaune must be bottled in a clavelin bottle of 62cl and cannot be sold before 1st Jan seven years after the harvest.
There are sections dedicated to The Terroir (the geology, soil types and climate) and the Grape Varieties grown in the region. It's in the Grape Varieties section we learn all about the 'founder varieties' and what modern DNA testing has shown in relation to their origins. We also find out the most likely origins of the names of these varieties.
In the section on Growing the Grapes, we discover that the Jura has one of the highest proportion of vineyards run along certified organic lines in northern France, together with Alsace. Wink goes into detail on the various other methods of production, including biodynamics. In the How The Wines Are Made we learn for example all about the different types of yeast, the barrells and the unique and unusual bottles used.
The History of the wine region is a fascinating story of survival of the fittest, with a multitude of issues impacting the Jura Wine, from World Wars to black rot. There's also a separate section dedicated to the 'People Who Made a Difference'; the key characters who have "helped this tiny, diverse and intriguing wine region survive adversity, thrive while remaining authentic, and be noticed." This includes the scientist Louis Pasteur.
Half of the book is given over to the Wine Producers and in this section we get to share in Wink's love of the people and places of this region. This section has all the contact details of the vineyards you'll need, but more importantly has wonderful profiles of the wine makers. We discover the characters behind the wines as well as the character of the wines themselves. With Wink's effortless writing style it is enjoyable to read about these characters and families and we also have her honest opinions on their wines, which range from a 'could do better' to 'never sets off fireworks' to 'good value' through to 'delicious' and 'extraordinarily alive and vibrant.'
The section on the Future for Jura Wine Producers is the 'most opinionated part of the book.' For although "with its indigenous grape varieties, unusual styles of wine and small welcoming, family-run producers, the Jura appears to have it all - especially if one adds in the beautiful scenery, famous cheeses and some top restaurants," it has some big issues which Wink goes into.
Following sections on the regions other drinks and food specialitities and about serving the Jura wines, there's a small section with some recommended places to stay and eat. "Most Jura wines are better drunk with food and if you have the chance to travel to the region, you will find nothing but regional food in the restaurants."
This book is not just for wine experts but for anyone wanting to know more about this beautiful unspoilt region of France and it also contains some wonderful photography to illustrate the people, the places and the wine.
As Raymond Blanc says in his foreword to the book, "the Jura .. is such a remarkable and stunning part of France. Those who visit tend to return."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best 17 Oct. 2014
By Daniel Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wink Lorch's Jura Wine is simply the most comprehensive and up to date book ever written about the Jura Wine region in any language, period. Unlike French books about the same topic is does not limit itself to a very local to the Jura (sometime too narrow) view point. It indeed very accurately conveys the locals point of view on their marvellous wine region and numerous wine styles but also takes a unique worldwide view (covering aspect other writers have never covered so far (ie) perception of Jura wines abroad (where they are increasingly popular) and legacy of Jura winemakers styles in other world wine regions. On top of that there is a very handy tourism chapter for folks willing to discover the Jura wine region on their own. Wink was the right person to write such book - at a critical time for the region - as due to her long career in the wine education business she knows the wine world inside out and the Jura wine region in particular better than most. There will be a before and after "Jura Wine the book". Very rarely in the history of a wine region a book would have single handedly helped a region get greater recognition abroad. This book just does that and will fast become a classic. It is no accident that this book was short listed for the 2014 Louis Roederer wine book of the year award.

Daniel Keller, Sommelier at le Fouquet's Paris.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Informative and interesting book about the Jura 16 Oct. 2014
By S. Berkowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this book after contributing to Wink Lorch's Kickstarter campaign for the book. What a wonderful book. Reading it is like traveling to the Jura. The various regions are highlighted and there is information not only about wine but about the regions themselves. Ms Lorch's provides detailed information regarding the grapes, the terroir and the wine producers of this region. You can use the book like a reference book or you can actually read the book as it is written so well. It is definitely the go- to book for everything Jura. It is filled with information and photos and anyone who wants to learn or have a handy reference available could benefit from this book.
A must have for all Jura wine fans 12 Jun. 2014
By West Coast Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wink Lorch has written the only comprehensive book on Jura wine and it is one of the best wine books available for any region today. Wink covers all aspects of Jura wine history, geography, climate, wine makers, wine styles and she gives very helpful information for those traveling to the region. You can purchase the book directly from her UK site now. Hopefully, Jura Wine will be available in the States through Amazon soon.
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