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The Wines of the South of France: From Banyuls to Bellet [Paperback]

Rosemary George
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18 Jun 2001 Wine
This book provides an exhaustive guide to all the wonderful wines of the South of France - from the Spanish border to the Italian frontier, including the Island of Corsica. There's been a revolution in quality and variety in the wines of the South of France, with the vineyards of the Midi now among the most exciting in Europe. New areas are opening up, new growers are moving in - grubbing up mass producers, introducing new grape varieties, allowing yields to plummet, employing modern techniques and new growing methods to improve these wines beyond recognition. So says the author, who has re-visited and reasearched each area by history, viticulture, vinification techniques and the developments of all key growers.

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; 1st Paperback Printing edition (18 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057119267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571192670
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemary George is a Master of Wine and one of the UKs most respected wine writers. She is the author of many wine books including the award-winning The Wines of Chablis and the Yonne, and The Wines of New Zealand which is also part of this series. She is the chairman of the Circle of Wine Writers, was one of the first women to pass the MW exam, and is a regular contributor to wine magazines in the UK and the USA. Rosemary lives in London. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Few would disagree with the assertion that the South of France is one of the most happening places on the wine map. It's also one of the fastest-changing, so this book is a much-needed navigational aid for fans of this dynamic region. It's a substantial, bulky work of more than 500 pages, dealing comprehensively with the wines of the Roussillon, Languedoc, Provence and Corsica. Logically laid out, the different sub regions and communes are covered chapter by chapter, with the key producers in each profiled in detail. George has clearly done a tremendous amount of research (which must have been great fun), and the coverage is pretty comprehensive. It's not just about wine: there's plenty of historical and cultural context, too, and the text paints a vivid picture of the country and people behind the wines. There's a lot of discussion about the dynamic state of flux in region is in, with ambitious young producers replacing complacent vignerons, and moribund cooperatives being revitalized. Throughout, there's a great sense of optimism and hope, only partially dampened by the unwieldy officialdom of the INAO.
Overall, it's a superb work. However, I have a few slight frustrations (and bear in mind that these are just minor criticisms of an otherwise fantastic book). First, the format. It's a lengthy book, with the text broken up only by the odd black-and-white map. You get the feeling that a creative editor with more of a budget could have really done something spectacular with George's research and writing. As it is, the book isn't quite sure of what it's trying to be. Is it a reference work, or is it trying to tell a story? As a reference work its failing is that it's not laid out in an accessible enough format. You need to dig through the text pretty hard to find what you are looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the wines of the south! 22 Oct 2012
By Afshin
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This book is a great reference for wines if you want to know a little more story behind the label you are drinking from the south!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Place to Start 28 July 2014
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A great starter for the region but clearly written some time ago. This is the fastest changing wine region in France and has gone through a revolution in the 25 years that I have known it so the book needs updating almost every year.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very limited use 21 April 2009
I was very disappointed with this. I did not find it very useful at all but then I was comparing it to Oz Clarkes Bordeaux which is how wine guides should be written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars South west wines 19 April 2010
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This is a great book and useful resource for people wanting to explore the wines of South west France. To me this is a region which has not been fully explored yet the world over. Some great wines come from this area, but little is known about them. This book as well as all of the books in this line provides useful background and information for starting to know more about this area.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 5 Jan 2014
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Couldn't be happier - great book, well written - makes me want to go right now and experience all the places and tastes.
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