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Wine and Food Guide to the Loire [Hardcover]

Jacqueline Friedrich


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Offers a portrait of France's beautiful wine region and discusses its history, appellations, grape varieties, vintners, and gastronomic traditions.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs an update! 26 Oct 2013
By Russell Kransky - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent guidebook that came in handy when we visited the Loire. The book is now out of print and as it was published in 1996, it could use an update...some of the wineries listed were gone or the wine makers themselves have passed away; meanwhile there are newer restaurants and wineries that are, of course, not listed in here. I would be thrilled to have the author Jacqueline Friedrich update and expand her opinions. In addition, addresses for the wineries would be a good thing as none are listed, which made finding them tricky sometimes, and now that websites are common, perhaps those as well. Otherwise, an outstanding resource.
1.0 out of 5 stars Uneducated and techno-wine agenda 7 April 2014
By Aaron Beach - Published on Amazon.com
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The author believes that any and all methods of vinification and viticulture should be allowed anywhere at anytime. Such an approach is adopted in california, but when I get a Chinon I want it taste like a Chinon - if I wanted a Napa cab I would have selected (and paid for) such.

The author goes so far as to defend this view by inventing two "composite" characters, casting "new", "modern", "creative" winegrowers as the victim of the "uninterested" "dispirited" dirty old men who ignorantly cling to the tradition of their land and people...

This may be explained by her own experience/background, the author writes that she had (recently before writing the book) no understanding or appreciation for Loire wine. Then after having one good experience with a single Loire wine, decided to travel there and write a book [taking place over the next 6 years]. I originally comforted muself by assuming that, through passion in a few short intense years, she had achieved some approximation of the expertise it took others lifetimes and generations to understand - I gave her too much credit...
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