A Travellerís Wine Guide to France
Christopher Fielden with Jim Budd
5Ē x 9Ē • 282 pages • maps and color photos
ISBN 9781566566247 (UK ISBN 9781905214365) • paperback • $22.00 •
"...a fascinating introduction to France's wine regions and vineyards..."
--The International Cookbook Revue
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Independent Publisher Book Awards 2008 Silver Medal Winner-Travel Guidebook
Illustrated with specially commissioned photographs (wine usually seems to be made in attractive surroundings) as well as maps, the books in this series describe the wine-producing regions of each country. The authors recommend itineraries, list wineries, describe the local cuisines, suggest wine bars and restaurants, and provide a mass of practical information—much of which is not readily available elsewhere
Each title includes:
o Itineraries and maps
o Local gastronomic specialties
o Hundreds of visitor-friendly wineries
o Descriptions of local and regional wines
o Museums and sightseeing points
o Lists of wine festivals and exhibitions
o Restaurants, hotels and wine stores
o Reference section and glossary
France is the home of many of the world's greatest wines—nowhere else will you find such a warm welcome awaiting you in the cellar. Every one of the country's wine regions produces a unique selection of wines, often made with grapes used nowhere else for winemaking. Christopher Fielden describes France's most important wine-producing areas, gives the background to the wines, and provides a guide to visiting the best producers. Hundreds of wineries that welcome visitors are listed, together with their addresses, telephone numbers, websites and opening times.
Christopher Fielden is a cheerful and knowledgeable guide. The French wine regions and their vineyards are well drawn. There are clear guidelines for visiting wineries and tasting their wines. Is there a charge for tasting? Are you expected to spit? (Yes in Burgundy; no in Alsace.) This book provides answers to these and many other questions.
" Offers invaluable information...clear, colorful maps, driving times from major cities, descriptions of the regions and their wines, short and lengthy itineraries and times and places for local wine festivals. There are sections on food specialties to go with a region's best wines. Most important, perhaps, the guides provide names, addresses, telephone numbers (and website addresses) of wine producers who speak English and who welcome guests to their cellars."
--Frank Prial, Wine Talk, The New York Times
A boon to travellers and wine lovers alike...an astonishing amount of practical advice, historical and architectural information, an easy-to-read breakdown of every wine area in their chosen countries... These books are sure to inspire holiday makers to set off in new directions...
"Each author takes the reader on a personal tour of their country, talking about the wines, the routes to get from one wine town to another, local sights of interest, gastronomic specialties and more. Numerous color maps and photos help to make these books easy to use."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Fielden's guide is an excellent staring point for travels through the vineyards of France. He offers good general guidelines and solid information on the wines."
--Susan Meadows, The New Mexican
"If you have never visited and are contemplating a visit to the wine producing regions of France and want ONE book that will get you through a wonderful experience, this is it."
--Patricia Ciesla, www.inmamaskitchen.com
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