Virgile's Vineyard (Anglais) Broché – 15 mars 2004
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Patrick Moon finds himself living in one of the world's "happening" wine places and there are, as there must be in this sort of book, a good bunch of locals. Unlike the usual enthusiastic refugees from the north, Moon conducts himself with a mixture of surprise and reluctance. Like the wine, everything flows richly and generously from there (Sunday Times)
Rather superior and enjoyably informative ... Moon follows the progress of Virgile, a dedicated if penurious young wine-maker. Manu, a rarely sober producer of the old vinegary school, provides comic relief. In his roundabout way, Moon conveys a host of information about this fascinating corner of France and its main product (Independent)
Full of interesting characters and a fresh view on a fast-evolving region from an outsider who loves wine and is prepared to learn why one bottle, vineyard or estate differs so dramatically from another (Wine Magazine)
When Moon inherits a house in the Languedoc, he has no idea it will lead to a crash course in wine-making and a hilarious introduction to French hospitality ... The story is in turns funny, moving and instructional, with a wisdom that rises from every chapter and glassful. A delightful journal of calamity and discovery (Good Book Guide)
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Among the rich cast of characters he meets during his year of exploration is Virgile, a young local wine-maker who offers to initiate Patrick into the mysteries of each season's work in the fields and in the cellar. Virgile is passionately committed to perfection, though he operates on a shoestring.
At the other extreme is Manu, Patrick's dipsomaniac neighbour, a diehard traditionalist producing a private wine-lake of unspeakable rouge. With Manu as his self-appointed guide, Patrick embarks on a tour of the region's wine makers - a succession of lively encounters with growers as varied as the wines themselves. Interwoven are digressions into the history of the region and its wine-making, from the earliest plantings by the Greeks and Romans.
Meanwhile, the author struggles to deal with his dilapidated inheritance - an unfamiliar and unpredictable world where the brambles have grown as tall as the olive trees, the water supply has just dried up and there is a ferocious animal under the roof tiles.
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predictable, and the book is monotonous.
This book was a pleasure to read and I have to admit to smiling to myself from the very beginning as so many of the great descriptions were spot on. It is not difficult to imagine you are in the Languedoc and learning about the life and wine, alongside Patrick with just enough information and snippets of history to be interesting rather than over bearing.
For a memoir, Patrick unusually keeps himself in the background and it is his three experts who come alive from the pages, especially Manu – the loveable rogue. I couldn’t wait to carry on and read book two Arrazat’s Aubergines.
This book has recently been updated and re-released and would be ideal for those who love life in France memoirs, plus those with an interest in French wine and the food of the Languedoc. But be warned, it will make you hungry and want to visit the area.
As the tale begins, Patrick has just inherited his uncle's home in a small village near Montpelier. He soon meets his neighbor, Manu Gros, a sociable everyman who invites him over to sample his wines early in the morning and offers to show him around the local vineyards (more as a way to escape his wife's watchful eye while sampling the product, it appears, than for the sake of educating Patrick). Patrick also quickly attracts the attention of a wealthy divorcee who happens to be a local history buff. As these two compete for his attention, the stage is set for adventures that introduce him to the leading appellations and producers in the area, as well as teach him about the local history.
Patrick also soon meets Virgile Joly, a small struggling local wine producer who believes in organic viticulture and is of course in need of an extra pair of hands. Between the days that Patrick helps Virgile in the vineyard and winery and the days that Virgile and Manu assist Patrick in restoring his uncle's vineyard, olive grove and gardens, we learn all the basics of traditional vineyard management and winemaking techniques, as well as a good deal about the local climate, soils, pests, grape varieties and other crops. The well-spun tale with its lively characters keeps our attention and allows us to understand both the physical and mental challenges of pruning, harvesting, winemaking and marketing that a small producer faces. The book provides a useful introduction to the Languedoc-Rousillon region that will benefit any traveler to the region, especially those interested in learning about its wines and winemaking traditions.