- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (27 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520259416
- ISBN-13: 978-0520259416
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.9 x 26.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
South-West France: The Wines and Winemakers Hardcover – 27 Nov 2009
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"The potential for discovery is unequaled anywhere else in France." --Wine & Spirits Magazine
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I find that some of the wine descriptions, admittedly a difficult art, do not give me a clear idea of what to expect from unfamiliar appellations like Marcillac and Tursan. Furthermore there is some sloppy editorial work by the publishers, e.g. lack of captions under the photos, maps of poor quality and failure to reference estate locations on these maps. However these are small niggles in the face of a scholarly and readable work which will in future accompany me on my visits to the region.
I have had an interest in Cahors, Madiran, Irouleguy and Jurancon for some years and it is good to read about the top producers but also the lesser lights and those who have not exported their wines. This is a book that will accompany me on my trips to South West France.
If you are looking for bargains from France this is an area to explore, if you are in Britain you will need to have a good local wine merchant or venture onto the internet.
For sure the maps are a poor guide to locating the producers, as other reviewers have highlighted. But they are enough, to point you in the right direction and half the joy of tracking the producers down is driving or cycling along the wonderful contry roads of France and soaking up the atmosphere. Supplement this with the addresses in the text and ideally an IGN map and you'll have no problems finding them.
One criticism would be that the visual appeal of the book would have been improved by more photos and also captions relating to those photos that are there, but that is just personal taste.
I enjoy reading the book and searching for the wines in the Caves of France.
For those seeking a very good quide to French wines try Gault Millau which covers the whole of France very well. It is in French and obtainable from Amazon.fr
You can get a list of map number references and the corresponding articles in the text by going to:
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search for Paul Strang and again down load the pdf file.
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Paul Strang is to Southwest France what Livingstone-Learmonth is to the Rhone -- a man with a good palate and an encyclopedic, first hand knowledge of the land, the wines and the people. His book is an eye opener for a lover of French wines, like me, who has not even dipped his toes into this corner of the French wine universe.
As attention to detail and the quest for higher quality in the vineyard and the cellar comes to these out of the way corners of France, and as the paths in places like Bordeaux and Burgundy become increasingly well, if not over-trodden, Southwest France could certainly be a place to look for a new source of wines of character and sense of place that are for drinking, not "collector's items."
Strang's book is the best place I know of to begin learning about the area and its wines. A really valuable source of info.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The wine descriptions and recommendations are great and we managed to find many enjoyable wines as a result of reading this book. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by Adrian