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- File Size: 550 KB
- Publisher: Uncle Seth Cutler Press; 2 edition (20 July 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005CRQ69A
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Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines Kindle Edition
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I saved the cost of this book with my first wine purchase, and so will you! I enjoy wines, but had found the world of French wines confusing. I wanted to know more, without getting bogged down in winespeak. "Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines" is very well organized and helpful. Not everyone knows what all those different classifications mean, for example, and Shepard explains them all in a user friendly way. I like his many personal anecdotes. They put the reader clearly in the picture, whether it is Bordeaux's pricey estates, or the back routes of the French interior in search of good bottles of inexpensive regional wines.
There is a good balance between Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and other famous wine regions. I like it that his recommendations for inexpensive wines do not include cheap ones, such as Petit Chablis, which the French themselves admit is not worth its cost. And Shepard describes routes to the wine properties, in case the reader wants to plan his own trip. He also inserts hyperlinks to wine properties, plus in many cases e-mails, so that you can plan your trip and communicate directly with the wine property. I'll be consulting this clear and helpful guide for years to come!
The rest of the book is a useful overview of the important wine regions of France with stories form Mr Shepard's many years working in France as an American Diplomat. He also highlights the estates and wineries worth finding in each region. Chapters link directly to the estate's website and give helpful info on futures and purchase prices.
If you want to understand and evolve your experience with French wine this book is a great place to start. If you already have a deep understanding of the larger regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux you'll find great knowledge on lesser know areas like the Southwest. My favorite is the chapter on Champagne with a great outline of the styles of the major Champagne Houses.
Great book and a must read for French wine lovers--novices and enthusiasts alike!
The Wine Coach