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"What Isabelle Legeron has put together here is an encouraging guide for anyone wishing to delve into the world of natural wines." --Wines & Spirits magazine

"Legeron gives both a personal and professional perspective on what some consider the most pure of winemaking styles in her new book Natural Wine, which excels in explaining the movement without employing the sanctimonious tone often associated with the subject.
The self-proclaimed Crazy French Woman uses real-world examples to illustrate her passion for the style while demystifying the ethos and process involved in creating the wine." --The Santa Barbara Independent

"Legeron's tome stimulates spirited conversation." --The Boston Globe

About the Author

Isabelle Legeron was the first French woman to become a Master of Wine, and was Woman of the Year 2009 in Paris. She runs the highly successful RAW Natural Wine Festival in London's Borough Market, and advises various restaurants on their wine lists, including the Michelin 2* Hibiscus. She contributes to Decanter magazine, and organizes conferences and tastings to promote natural wine.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782491007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782491002
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did you know that most of the wine sold in the world contains A LOT more then simply grapes. About 50 additives are allowed by EU, and it the same in the US. There is a counter culture to this making delicios wine that contain, simply grapes. And if you try it a few time, you will never go back. (Or at least I didn't)

This book is explaining the natural wine movement in a fairly simple way, from how the grapes are grown to how they are treated, and the different approaches. And one of the best things is that it contains a huge list of must try wines as well.. As a bit of a rookie in this exciting world, it's a great start. Cheers!
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I loved reading every page of it. It’s written with the heart, with rhizomatic knowledge from all kinds of angles and with what elegance of style! This book will change the way natural wine is perceived and should be mandatory for all schools of enology, wine growing and not least for MWs.

It is true, the book is not written neutrally, it is written with passion and is, even though rarely written in the first person, an autobiographic journey into wine, into wine she really loves. The author has a clear position: she does not drink wines other than natural wines anymore (as far as this is possible for someone in the profession…). That might seem ideological to a certain extend but coming from someone who was born into a (conventional) wine family, who pursued a career in (conventional) wine and who, as Master of Wine, knows a great deal about the (conventional) world of wine (Isabelle Legeron is the only French woman ever to have become a Master of Wine), it is – to say the least – an informed decision.

Isabelle Legeron does not judge the wines she no longer likes but instead explains why she loves those that she does, telling how they were made in the vineyard and in the cellar. And, given these are wines primed by the personalities that make them, Isabelle writes adorably about the people who make these wines in their gardens of beauty (many of whom have become her friends on her personal journey to find the wines she loves, which, for sure, is not neutral but congenial…). She gives place to their respective philosophies and nourishes the book with their ideas and visions, making it a book of a new generation of wine growers.

Wine is never neutral, great books neither. Many will caress this book as their new bible of wine, others will not; no need for schisms.
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Isabelle is a treasure.

A friend. Someone who is working to make a difference in the wine world. A huge contributor to the understanding of Natural Wines through her RAW Faires in London.

And the author of this lovely book.

She starts by sharing an epiphany.

While viewing the manicured landscape from her friend’s house in Cornwall one weekend, she realized that the perfect picture was truly an image of agricultural decline, not pristine beauty. An example of the destructive effects of monoculture to the natural health of the land. And our food and wine as well.

Her book is a rallying cry to the core benefits agricultural biodiversity. A dive into the science of the soil and a straight on debunking of a series of myths around the use of sulfur, cultured yeast and additives in wine making.

It drew me in from the start.

You may not agree with it all. You will absolutely learn a great deal about agriculture and winemaking.

You will also be bowled over by her passion for the topic and her huge heart for the natural winemakers who are changing our view of what constitutes a great wine in today’s world.

And I promise you will be thankful for the section of the book with descriptions of over 100 recommended natural wines to track down and drink.

A really good read packed with info.
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Finally Isabelle Legeron her book is out and I love it. Its has been 5 years ago I set the alarm in the middle of the night when I was working in Maldives to watch her T.V. show..! It was a great show at the time that I enjoyed watching and from that day I became an eager follower of her work. It may take some time (it did in my case) but opening your (wine) world to organic and biodynamic wines made natural is really interesting and its exposes yourself and friends to fun, learning and inspiring wine moments. Personally I am not the type of person that is overly interested in what is good or bad but I really enjoy the focus on small growers in this book, just passionate people who make wines from the heart and producing amazing wines with a story to tell. I have been lucky enough to have tasted some of the world most sought after wines from amazing vintages, many of them with hefty price tags (due working in the trade though) but exploring wines listed in this book introduces you to wines that have real character and a certain vibrancy that are not there very often in the more conventional wines, this time for everybody's pocket. Long story short but a wine book to recommend for those who love exploring wines and a standard reference for those working in the trade seeking more knowledge on organic and biodynamic wines made NATURAL.
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