French Wine For Dummies® (Anglais) Broché – 15 août 2001
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—Charlie Trotter, Acclaimed Chef and Award–Winning Author
This book is an invitation to discover the bountiful wine regions, each different from one another, and is an homage to the beauty and uniqueness of the delicious wines they produced.
—Georges Duboeuf, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf
The diversity of French wine is one of its attractions, but it can seem perplexing...until you pick up this marvelous guide. The route is well –marked, easy–to–follow, and the destinations are delicious.
—Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant and author, Adventures on the Wine Route
...Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing–Mulligan lead us by the hand down the road of adventure to discover the wines of France that they know so well.... In their relaxed, wise, and mischievous way, they show us the joy and pleasure of drinking French wine.
—Prince Alain de Polignac, Winemaker, Champagne Pommery
You no longer need to be confused or intimidated by French wine. Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing–Mulligan, French Wine For Dummies introduces you to the delicious world of fine French wine. Among other things, you ll discover how to:
- Translate wine labels
- Identify great wine bargains
- Develop your own wine tastes
- Match French wines with foods
Here s everything you need to know to sip and savor the best and the best–value Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Alsace, and other delicious wines. This lighthearted and informative guide covers:
- The story of French wine and how it came to dominate the wine world
- How the French name and label their wines and why
- France s most important wine regions including a region–by–region survey of the best vineyards and their products
- France s other wine regions, including Champagne, Alsace, the Loire Valley, and others
So pour yourself a big glass of Beaujolais Nouveau, sit back, and enjoy the ride as Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing–Mulligan take you on an intoxicating journey through the wonderful world of French wine.
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Includes wine picks for every region!
You no longer have to be confused or intimidated by French wine. Sip and savor the best and best–value Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and other delicious wines with this informative insider′s guide.
Discover how to: Translate wine labels Identify great wine bargains Develop your own wine tastes Match French wine with foods
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That because almost all French wines are named for places (regions, towns, chateaus) instead of the grapes they're made from, which is the practice in most other countries. Thus your Bordeaux could be made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and most often is--but one of the most famous and most expensive Bordeaux, Petrus, is made almost entirely from Merlot. Not that you'd know from the label. You want Chardonnay? The French make it by the long ton but rarely label it as such, preferring instead something like Puligny-Montrachet. Then there is the collection of "cru" classifications for individual estates. This apparent perversity actually reflects the French belief that "where" means more than "what"; that the native heath marks wine and other foods just as a local accent marks you and me.
That's why this book is the test: Can the authors penetrate and even elucidate this maze? To their credit and my amazement they can and do. They are wine experts but primarily wine educators. They know this stuff cold but as <teachers> want you to learn and love this stuff as much as they do.
In fewer than 300 pages they achieve a great deal--they encourage, instruct, dispel myths, point toward good buys, discuss changing wine-making styles, celebrate new discoveries and pretty much everything else except feed the hungry and clothe the poor.
So if you're interested in French wine or know someone who is, you'll be better of buying this book than almost any other. The price is great and the authors are good company--they can <write> as well as teach.
Bill Marsano is a contributing editor of Hemispheres, United Airlines' in-flight magazine, for which he frequently writes on wine. In 1999 he won a James Beard medal for writing on wine and spirits.
The books starts with several chapters on why French wine is considered such high quality, and what the history is behind it. Here's you'll learn about the history and categorizations of wine, as well as overview of the archaic & mind-numbing labelling system.
The second section covers France's high profile wine regions, including Bordeaux, Burgundy & Beautjolais. If all you know about Bordeaux and Burgundy is, "They ain't in Napa", you're in the same boat as me, and the book can give you some guidance.
The third part covers France's other wine regions, including a section on Champaigne. (Champaigne does count as wine - another lesson for me!) This is helpful if you're traveling in France and want to know what local wines to try.
The book closes with answers to commonly asked questions about French wine, as well as exposing one to the myths of French wine.
Overall, the book is a great primer and eduational tool for the novice at French wine. (Or wine in general!) It'll help you with the history and feel of the French wine industry. Perhaps it can guide you at the wine shop, though likely not as much as knowledgable individual.
It passes the, "Would I bring it with me to France?" test. (I did, and it helped me know what wine to try by region) It doesn't pass the, "Will I be any better ordering wine at a restaurant?" test. (I'm not)