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French Wines -- An Overview For The Beginner12 Aug. 2000
Alan S. Klee
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Clive Coates is a gifted writer, who has extensive knowledge and experience as a wine critic. Mr. Coates attempts to cover all the major wine growing regions of France: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Rhone River Valley, Alsace, Provence and Languedoc. He writes about lesser known appellations and informs the reader about the better growers in each appellation. This book, "The Wines of France," falls well short of the other scholarly writings of Mr. Coates, e.g., "Cote D'Or, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy," or "Grand Vins, The Finest Chateaux of Bordeaux and Their Wine." This recent effort could be well suited for those who are interested in a broad overview of French wines. However, one should not expect the same level of schorlarly achievement as reflected in his prior works.