The Wines of the South of France (Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library) Paperback – 15 May 2003
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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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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. And the producer profiles are just a little too short on detail; the tasting notes rather too sketchy. And as a 'reading' book, the huge scope of the work and relentless detail means it's not an easy book to read cover-to-cover, despite George's fluent writing style. And I suspect it's too much to ask for some photographs...? I would also have liked to see more strongly expressed opinions -- more infectious enthusiasm and passion. George rarely lets on that she's excited by the wines that she tastes, and hides what you'd suspect is genuine enthusiasm behind somewhat neutral, dispassionate prose. Despite these frustrations (which I guess are mainly with the Faber format, but credit to them -- who else would have commissioned this?) this book really is an essential purchase for anyone the slightest bit serious about southern French wines, and you really ought to invest in a copy.
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