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A Village in the Vineyards Hardcover – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374283818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374283810
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Vulnerable to the seductions of the simple life still to be found in the French countryside, the author, an editor of Wine Spectator , and his wife Sara, a photographer, left New York City in 1986 to spend a year in the Bordeaux village of Ruch. Renting a charming, if poorly heated, renovated presbytery, they settled in to learn about wines and wine-making, to savor the local cuisine and to enjoy their neighbors. Like similar records, this couple's account of their new surrounding culture initially deals with gossip overheard in the general store and with the resolution of problems of physical comfort. But gradually their friendliness percolated through the community and won them invitations to dinner and shared neighborly intimacies which, in a society otherwise famously closed to strangers, were rare rewards. Particularly appealing is the author's enthusiastic discussion of delicious menus and the tastes of wines; his fond but unsentimental portrait of a French agricultural community is enhanced by his wife's photographs of their amis Ruchelais.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Matthews, a wine writer, and his friend (and later wife) and photographer leave New York with a one-way ticket to France to find a village in the vineyards where they can settle down for a while to observe, write, and photograph. After finding a small stone building in the tiny village of Ruch in the Bordeaux region, they become a part of village life, make friends, and do freelance writing and photography to make enough to support themselves. This book is about wine, food, and people and their politics, foibles, and strengths. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with the villagers (also seeing them through the photographs) and learns about the wine trade in a region where wine is a way of life. How modernization has changed village life is also shown. Highly recommended for anyone interested in France and wine or just people.
- George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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