The Wines of France: The Essential Guide for Savvy Shoppers

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Sure the labels are confusing and the pronunciation daunting, but France's wines continue to set the standard for excellence around the world. Whether you're well versed in French terroir or you're dabbling outside your comfort zone, this comprehensive guidebook will make you an expert in today's best and best-value wines from France. Jacqueline Friedrich's unpretentious tasting notes are utterly enjoyable and contain the perfect balance of information on specific wines, vintages, prices, and producers. So, pour yourself a glass of Pouilly Fuiss? (that's "pooh-YEE fwee-SAY"), sit back, and savor THE WINES OF FRANCE.

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"Formidable detail; genuine insight; temptations on every page: this could be the most useful single book to take with you to France or to the wine shop!"
--Hugh Johnson

"An incredibly useful, comprehensive, and informative guide. The French still make more great wine than any other nation in the world, but they don't make it easy to understand. Friedrich does. Novices need this book; wine geeks will want it."
--Jay McInerney

"Remarkable in its depth and breadth of coverage, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in exploring the diverse wines of France. It has become the favorite reference of my entire staff."
--Thomas Keller, chef and owner, The French Laundry
"Much needed, fabulously realized. I especially like the author's unsnobby approach and compulsively readable style. This book is full of great wines at low prices, and Friedrich understands that wine is, above all, about pleasure."
--Kermit Lynch, owner, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

"I love this book! Truly one of the most comprehensive and informative books of its kind, it is an invaluable tool for the wine professional and consumer alike. Definitely the perfect companion for your next trip to the wine shop."
--Caroline Styne, wine director and owner, Lucques and AOC

"Most Americans have an irrational fear of French wines--the nomenclature, vintages, edgier tannins, and gout de terroir in place of obvious fruitiness. Friedrich has done a tremendous service in demystifying what makes the wines of France as special as they are as well as helping to preserve a diversity of wine choices in a world that is rapidly becoming more homogeneous."
--Randall Grahm, owner, Bonny Doon Vineyard

"Straightforward, clear, and concise, Friedrich's book teaches all about the revolution in French wine making and how French wines have never been better tasting or as well-priced than they are now."
--Jacques Pépin

About the Author:

JACQUELINE FRIEDRICH is an American who splits her time between Paris and the Loire Valley. In addition to authoring the multiple award-winning A Wine and Food Guide to the Loire, she contributes to Hugh Johnson’s wine guides and writes regularly for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and most of the usual suspects in publications devoted to lifestyle, wine, food, and travel. She lives in Paris and the Loire Valley, France.

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