Description - Fine French Wines by James Turnbull
France boasts a remarkable quantity of high-quality grape varieties and varied soils that yield exceptional wines of worldwide reputation. Yet France's wine-growing tradition, unchallenged for centuries, has begun to change. Over the past twenty years, French wines have undergone a revolution: the grands vins from traditional regions now climb to prohibitive prices - that is, if they are not "sold out" before even reaching the retail trade. Conversely, regions once considered "minor" are experiencing a wine-growing renaissance that has lead to the emergence of excellent wines with distinctive personality, available at reasonable prices. This work presents France's finest wines, selected for their character, their consistency, and the winemaker's individual touch. Three types of wine are presented: prestige wines - generally from Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Champagne - that transcend the over-hyped "stars" from those areas; regional wines produced by smaller vineyards that reflect the thoughtful decisions of their winemaker; and 'rebellious' wines produced by truly creative winemakers who explore the options in wine-making outside the constraints of appellation regulations.
Combining France's rich wine-making traditions with the newest insights into the craft, Fine French Wines is the authority for wine amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Each of the 220 featured wines include: - The history of the vineyards and their family-proprietors - The wine-growing and wine-making techniques used - Food and wine matches - Easy-reference best vintage and price - Vineyard visitor information
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Author Biography - James Turnbull
James Turnbull, a graduate of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London, has lived in France since 1987, where he consults for top restaurants and retailing groups. He also directs tasting seminars and organizes wine tours for confirmed wine-lovers and professionals from around the world. He regularly collaborates with several wine magazines and is the author of a prestigious six-volume collection on the ninety greatest wines of the various French wine regions (Hachette).