French Wines book
French wines but not just information on the 10 wine making regions in France. How do I know there are 10 regions? Well that is something I learned from the book. No surprises; I guess I just never bothered to count before.
What kind of other information does French Wines provide?
It starts with a brief history of wine in general and French wine specifically. Brief for sure but interesting. Again, brief, but a bit about how wine is made. Something I use is the next part about grape varieties. With French wines going by region and many other wines going by grape, this little part about grape varieties is a handy reference.
Another handy reference part is the language of wine. This alphabetical listing provides some terms, both French and English ones, that you can use to impress the next sommelier you encounter. I like to tell people how a particular bottle of wine is ‘Friand.’ That would be “wine, of any age, with a good fruity balance of ripeness and acidity” of course.
I thought wine by candlelight was just supposed to be romantic. Possibly but wine by candlelight here is about proper decanting. It seems to decant properly you should let the bottle stand upright for 24 hours before decanting. You then decant over that romantic candle and stop when “you see the first specks of deposit.”
French wines regions
With respect to the actual regions, of interest to me was the driving tours for the regions. I have been able to do some driving in some of the regions but more so to visit a particular place. For instance, Saint Emilion wine became a favourite because of a visit to Saint Emilion primarily for vacation purposes. Visiting vineyards was part of the vacation and the wine quickly became a favourite.
It would be interesting to visit some of the other regions following the wine tours described in the book.
The bulk of this book is about the regions and whether you want a quick reference or some detail about a region, this book fits the bill.