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Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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About the Author

Charles Neal is a leading importer of French spirits and is the author of Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy and has contributed to The Art of Eating and The International Wine Cellar.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild; First Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891267205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891267208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Weber on February 1, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The content is impressive. Very scholarly approach. I doubt you could find this information on any other single location. However, I have to wonder if this is a professionally printed product. Its technical failings are obvious. The most disappointing aspects, and this is unfortunate since it affects the readers enjoyment and ability to correlate information, are the graphics. Maps, photos,and illustrations are all blurry. It's as if they suffered from an out-of-focus camera. The inability to take a reference from the text and correlate it to the provided map, because the map is so blurred, really deteriorated my enjoyment of the book. Considering the price, I would have expected first-rate quality - and this is not. At least the type is legible. Unless actions are taken to reprint this book and correct the obvious failings in the graphic content, I cannot recommend anyone spend their money on this book.
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Two stars off for the worst graphics I have seen in decades. Sorry, it is that bad.

There are plenty of photos, but they are worse than newsprint resolution. Some look like registration-failure type of misprints you used to see in the daily papers.
Maps and diagrams are pixelated- you can actually see the squares form the fact that the graphic is so much worse than the printing technology.

Ridiculous, especially when a less expensive book like "Cognac: A Liguid History" can include art-book quality full color photos.

Use the Look Inside feature and realize that the pictures shown don't look like they do because of your monitor, they really are that bad.

The information is A+.
Presentation, other than the visuals, is B.
Nonetheless, A+, B, and F = C (3 stars) I'm just flabbergasted that anyone would let their book get trashed in this fashion.
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By porkypine on February 28, 2015
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I have both of this guy's books. There's not a lot out there in english on these spirits. The writer is obviously schooled in the topic. However, I must agree with the other reviews. They read like field notes and the graphics look like the five hundredth copy of a mimeograph- indecipherable. Dated, of diminishing (if any) usefulness. Perhaps worth a glance if you are a collector and trying to name-check your cellar, or are planning a crawl of the regions of production, but otherwise, don't.
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This book give the reader a very good review of the various producers of armagnac. Its a must for the people innvolved in the spirit industry and it covers most aspects of the business.

Halvor Heuch
Masterblender / Vice President Spirits
Arcus AS
Norway
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