Winepassports: France: The Handy Guide to French Wines
Quirk, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
is one of a set of pocket guides - with simple pop-out maps - for different wine regions around the world. They're handy to carry, whether to the local wine store or on a tasting tour of the region concerned.
he small booklet begins with an explanation of the French system for wine classification, then moves on to cover:
Sparklings + RosÚs
. For each, there are brief introductions to regions and grapes, with interesting asides, like the meaning of
, or what can be assumed from the shapes of French wine bottles.
here's useful advice on
Approaching an Overwhelming French Wine List
The Great Grape Chart
(such as Gamay) per geographical region (e.g. Burgundy) and
(Beaujolais in this case). Finally, for those who want to sound like they know what they're tasting, a chart gives typical characteristics for different grapes, e.g. black fruits and black pepper for Syrah.
t the back of this accessible, informative, and succinct booklet is a page for notes and a pop-out map of France's wine regions.
is just the thing to get the budding oenophile started sipping his or her way through French wines.
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