This is my favourite wine book. Having been to many wonderful French vineyards, I like to sit on my lounge, with my a glass of my latest French wine and sip away reading about the region, the terroir, looking at the fabulous maps and pictures and enjoying the insightful annecdotes that abound the book. I feel transported, educated, and chilled. One of my favourite annecdotes is based on, what are the four German (Yes) families that emigrated to France and started Champagne houses? I love asking French people this question. And the answer, buy the book, however they are big brands! The book also helped me understand what wine makers are meaning when they say that a wine is a 'Bordeau style' wine. The implications are just as relevant to Rhone and other regions. Buy it, laze with it, interigate it and then enjoy wines just that much more!
This is a fantastic book with some great maps and lots of illustrations and photos. It covers everything (even things I did not know I did not want to know) about the soil and climate of each region in France, and the techniques, methods and economy of making wine. The book description says that the Institut National des Appellations and the National Geographic Institute collaborated to make the maps and I can believe it, they are masterpieces of detail. The book is worth it just for the maps. I spend hours looking at them, and always find something new and interesting. It is great to get a peek inside some of the world's most famous vineyards. It is also one of the few wine books that has style and looks good on the coffee table. It is a shame to hide it on a shelf with other books, and the more you leave it around the more you consult it.