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Traveller's Wine Guide to France [Paperback]

Christopher Fielden

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24 July 2003 Wine Guide
Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs (wine usually seems to be made in attractive surroundings) as well as maps, the books in this series describe the wine-producing regions of each country. The authors recommend itineraries, list wineries, describe the local cuisines, suggest wine bars and restaurants, and provide a mass of practical information, much of which is not readily available elsewhere. * Itineraries and maps * Local gastronomic specialties * Hundreds of visitor-friendly wineries * Descriptions of local and regional wines * Museums and sightseeing points * Lists of wine festivals and exhibitions * Restaurants, hotels and wine stores * Reference section and glossary France is the home of many of the world's greatest wines; nowhere else will you find such a warm welcome awaiting you in the cellar. Every one of the country's wine regions produces a unique selection of wines, often made with grapes used nowhere else for winemaking. Christopher Fielden describes France's most important wine-producing areas, gives the background to the wines, and provides a guide to visiting the best producers. Hundreds of wineries that welcome visitors are listed, together with their addresses, telephone numbers, websites and opening times.

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Christopher Fielden has spent more than fifty years in the wine trade and, either selling, or seeking, wines has visited more than one hundred countries. Amongst his more exciting moments are being expelled from gabon, arriving in French Guiana by dug-out canoe and having his appendix removed in Sudan.
Amongst the wines that he has introduced on the British market are Jacob's Creek and D'Arenberg from Australia,, Marques de Caceres and Julian Chivite, from Spain, Graham Beck from South Africa and Felton Road from New Zealand.
He has written fifteen books and these have appeared inn a broad variety of languages.
He now lives in rural Wiltshire and spends his time walking the dog and playing the occasional game of social cricket as a specialist number eleven batsman.

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...a fascinating introduction to France's wine regions and vineyards... --The International Cookbook Revue

Offers invaluable information...clear, colorful maps, driving times from major cities, descriptions of the regions and their wines, short and lengthy itineraries and times and places for local wine festivals. There are sections on food specialties to go with a region's best wines. Most important, perhaps, the guides provide names, addresses, telephone numbers (and website addresses) of wine producers who speak English and who welcome guests to their cellars. --Frank Prial, Wine Talk, The New York Times

A boon to travellers and wine lovers alike...an astonishing amount of practical advice, historical and architectural information, an easy-to-read breakdown of every wine area in their chosen countries... These books are sure to inspire holiday makers to set off in new directions... --Decanter Magazine

Each author takes the reader on a personal tour of their country, talking about the wines, the routes to get from one wine town to another, local sights of interest, gastronomic specialties and more. Numerous color maps and photos help to make these books easy to use. --San Francisco Chronicle

Fielden's guide is an excellent staring point for travels through the vineyards of France. He offers good general guidelines and solid information on the wines. --Susan Meadows, The New Mexican

If you have never visited and are contemplating a visit to the wine producing regions of France and want ONE book that will get you through a wonderful experience, this is it. --Patricia Ciesla, www.inmamaskitchen.com

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Christopher Fielden is a cheerful and knowledgeable guide. The French wine regions and their vineyards are well drawn. There are clear guidelines for visiting wineries and tasting their wines. Is there a charge for tasting? Are you expected to spit? (Yes in Burgundy; no in Alsace.) This book provides answers to these and many other questions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, fascinating, imminently practical 16 Feb 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative, fascinating, imminently practical, Christopher Fielden's A Traveller's Wine Guide To France is the ideal guide for touring the French countryside and enjoy the immense variety of vintages and vineyards of the world's greatest wines. All the wine growing regions of France are covered with excellent background histories and descriptions, along with a wine tasting classification system, travel tips, advise for visiting a winery, tasting basics, buying wine in France, the top grape varieties, even eating cheese along with the wines and dining tips while in France. A Traveller's Wine Guide To France is the ideal guidebook for all dedicated wine connoisseurs vacationing or traveling among the French!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Baedecker for the wine student 9 May 1999
By kriya@interport.net - Published on Amazon.com
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Learning about wine involves, tasting, reading and travelling. Since serious trips are more than a couple of days and usually on one's vacation time, it pays to have a tour guide. Christopher Fielden is an importer and polific author who has lived in France.
Perhaps in the 21st century will have have a headset guide as about as museums have - only beamed down from a satellite. But in the mean time Fielden is the best there is. I have just successfully road tested this book for three weeks in France.
Fielden is knowledgeable (he also wrote Exploring Wines & Spirits, the text for the Wines & Spirits Education Trust in London - probably the best wine education body in the world) and he is a good travelling companion. Happy wine trails!!
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