In this detailed study of the wines of France, one of the world's leading authorities on wine discusses every appellation and explains its character and the best growers. He uses a star system to identify the finest estates. More than 40 specially commissioned maps show the main appellations and wine villages of France.
Showing you what others only tell you. Perfect for any wine-lover, this is the definitive visual guide to enjoying and appreciating French wine. Features fully revised and updated information on over 200 appellations and best vintages. From regional information and driving tours to recommended food pairings and details on how different wines are made, discover everything you need to know about the wines of France.
"A fascinating book that belongs on every wine lover’s bookshelf."—The Wine Economist "It’s a book to read for its unstoppable torrent of fascinating and often surprising details."—Andrew Jefford, Decanter For centuries, wine has been associated with France more than with any other country. France remains one of the world’s leading wine producers by volume and enjoys unrivaled cultural recognition for its wine. If any wine regions are global household names, they are French regions such as Champagne, Bordeaux, and Burgundy. Within the wine world, products from French regions are still benchmarks for many wines. French Wine is the first synthetic history of wine in France: from Etruscan, Greek, and Roman imports and the adoption of wine by beer-drinking Gauls to its present status within the global marketplace. Rod Phillips places the history of grape growing and winemaking in each of the country’s major regions within broad historical and cultural contexts. Examining a range of influences on the wine industry, wine trade, and wine itself, the book explores religion, economics, politics, revolution, and war, as well as climate and vine diseases. French Wine is the essential reference on French wine for collectors, consumers, sommeliers, and industry professionals.
Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines makes you an authority on the finest French wines. Explore the vineyards region by region. Then throw away those misleading point scorecards as you develop your own wine taste. What They Are Saying About Shepard's Robbie Cutler Diplomatic Mystery Series "Bill Shepard has adroitly used his encyclopedic knowledge of Bordeaux and the region to weave a fascinating story. If you like Bordeaux wine read Vintage Murder." -Evan Galbraith, United States Ambassador to France 1981-1985. "Murder On The Danube is very well written, very informative and very entertaining. Reminds me of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Demetrios." -John Goodspeed, Star/Democrat.
"A survey of the long-term history of wine in France, this is a readable and relatively compact history of the 2,500 years that separate the present from the time that Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans first brought to ancient France and planted the first vineyards there. The book traces this long history at a number of levels: the expansion and contraction of regional and national vineyard areas; long- and short-term changes in the volumes of wine produced; the effects of long- and short-term climate shifts on viticulture and wine production; the emergence of recognizable wine regions and designated appellations; changing methods of viticulture and winemaking; the marketing of wine locally and regionally within France and internationally; the reception of wine on domestic and foreign markets; the diverging levels of quality and the emergence of prestigious wine regions and estates; the evolving definition of terroir; the regulation of wine production and sales and the prevention of fraud; patterns of wine consumption in France; and the relationship of wine to gender, class, health, religion, and identity in France."--Provided by publisher.