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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Winner of the 2009 GOURMAND World Cookbook Awards "Best Wine Atlas/Tourism Book in the World"
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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.
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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