Creating a fine wine is not so unlike creating a fine guide to wine. They both take craft and inspiration, patience and a passion for quality. Jacqueline Friedrich possesses those attributes in spades, and with them, she's put together the definitive guide to the Loire, its wines and cuisine, filling a niche that's been empty a long time. As one would savor a fine wine, Friedrich takes her time, dwelling here on the local foods of Anjou, there on the Muscadets of Sèvre-et-Maine. Her encyclopedic guide takes on the 60 or so appellations in the five wine regions of the Loire, describing the history, soil, and vintners of each, and rating more than 600 wineries. With sections on local cheeses, sausages, and fish dishes, Friedrich's scholarly approach and delightful prose makes this an inspiring read and a necessary guide. --Stephanie Gold
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Friedrich, a former lawyer who now lives in Touraine and who has been writing about wine and food for ten years, has done a masterful job of taking one region of France?the Loire?and delving deeply into its geography, food and wine history, climate, soil, grape varieties, winemakers, and chateaux. She devotes a chapter to every subregion?the Nantais, Anjou and Saumur, Touraine, the Sancerrois, and the Auvergne. Within each, she offers analysis of the wines and ratings of various producers and vintages. The appendixes include tips to maximize your dining, drinking, and sightseeing pleasure in the Loire. At the end are a short glossary, a temperature guide for serving Loire wines, and conversion tables. With its scholarship and breadth, this book could double as the perfect guide for a winemaster's tour. Recommended particularly for large wine collections.?Wendy Miller, Lexington P.L., Ky.
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