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The Intelligent Guides to Wines and Top Vineyards focus on classic wine-producing regions. This guide discusses the wines of the Loire, including Sancerre, Touraine, Anjou, and Muscadet. The guide is divided into two parts. The first part describes the region and the types of wines it produces, and the second part has detailed profiles of the leading estates. The guide is illustrated with photographs of each area, topological maps to show the terrain, road maps to identify the locations of estates, and information on recent vintages. Description of each area includes its geography, the grape varieties that are grown, how these relate to the styles of wines that are produced, wines from entry level to icons, currents trends and how styles are evolving. Profiles range from producers who may dominate an appellation to small estates that define the cutting edge. The profiles identify the best of tradition and innovation in the region. Each estate profile describes the producer's aims for his wines, and the personality and philosophy behind them. References wines are suggested for each producer, together with essential information for planning a visit. This Guide is the indispensable means for understanding the Loire, tasting its wines, and finding the top producers. It is updated regularly to have the latest information.
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Benjamin Lewin MW brings a unique combination of qualifications in wine and science to bear on the world of wine. He is one of only 300 Masters of Wine, and was the founding Editor of Cell journal. His books have received worldwide critical acclaim for their innovative approach. They include What Price Bordeaux?, Wine Myths and Reality, In Search of Pinot Noir, Claret and Cabs, and The Wines Of France. He has also authored many volumes in the series of Guides to Wines and Top Vineyards, on the classic wine regions of the world. Lewin also writes the myths and realities column in the World of Fine Wine, and contributes to Decanter magazine. His blog on wine is at www.lewinonwine.com. He divides his time between the eastern United States and the wine-growing regions of Europe, and is presently working on his next book.Review:
If you want to understand one of the wine regions in the series or contemplate a serious wine tourist expedition, Lewin's guides are theplace to start your research... The choice of e-book and print-on-demand paperback formats allows Lewin to keep the books up to date.
Lewin's guides, like his other works, are clear, detailed, andanalytical. Lewin constantly asks questions and drives to answer them. He doesn't hesitate to share his opinions, but always backs up hisarguments. The result, for me at least, is a deeper understanding of the region and its changing place in the wine world. Mike Veseth, Wine Economist
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