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The Wines of the South of France (Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library) by [George, Rosemary]
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About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3282 KB
  • Print Length: 742 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 May 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336264
  • ASIN: B004JHY862
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #610,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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