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French wine for dummies
McCarthy, Ed.
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New York : Hungry Minds, [2001]

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xvi, 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
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Includes index.
Why France is the home of great wines -- France's high-profile wine regions -- France's other wine regions. Appendixes. Pronunciation guide to French wine terms. Bordeaux and Burgundy classifications. French wine vintage chart: 1979-1998.
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TP553 .M37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Whether you are an avid collector or wine novice, this bookoffers an extensive resource in an accessible format."
-Charlie Trotter, Acclaimed Chef and Award-Winning Author

"This book is an invitation to discover the bountiful wineregions, each different from one another, and is an homage to thebeauty and uniqueness of the delicious wines theyproduced."
-Georges Duboeuf, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf

"The diversity of French wine is one of its attractions,but it can seem perplexing...until you pick up this marvelousguide. The route is well -marked, easy-to-follow, and thedestinations are delicious."
-Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant and author, Adventures onthe Wine Route

"...Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan lead us by thehand down the road of adventure to discover the wines of Francethat they know so well.... In their relaxed, wise, and mischievousway, they show us the joy and pleasure of drinking Frenchwine."
-Prince Alain de Polignac, Winemaker, ChampagnePommery

You no longer need to be confused or intimidated by French wine.Authored by certified wine educators and authors Ed McCarthy andMary Ewing-Mulligan, French Wine For Dummies introduces youto the delicious world of fine French wine. Among other things,you'll discover how to:

Translate wine labels Identify great wine bargains Develop your own wine tastes Match French wines with foods

Here's everything you need to know to sip and savor thebest--and the best-value--Bordeaux, Burgundy, Beaujolais,Alsace, and other delicious wines. This lighthearted andinformative guide covers:

The story of French wine and how it came to dominate the wineworld How the French name and label their wines and why France's most important wine regions--including aregion-by-region survey of the best vineyards and theirproducts France's other wine regions, including Champagne, Alsace,the Loire Valley, and others

So pour yourself a big glass of Beaujolais Nouveau, sit back,and enjoy the ride as Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan take youon an intoxicating journey through the wonderful world of Frenchwine.

Author Notes

Ed McCarthy and Mary Ewing-Mulligan co-authored the bestselling Wine For Dummies. Ed also wrote Champagne For Dummies. Mary, the only woman Master of Wine in the U.S., owns International Wine Center, a New York wine school.

Table of Contents

Part I Why France Is the Home of Great Wines
Chapter 1 France, Superstar
Chapter 2 French Wine Today
Chapter 3 Wine Laws and Labels
Part II France's High-Profile Wine Regions
Chapter 4 Elite Red Wines of Bordeaux
Chapter 5 Red Bordeaux on a Budget
Chapter 6 White Bordeaux -- Dry or Sweet, and Delectable
Chapter 7 Burgundy -- Queen of France
Chapter 8 Beaujolais, The Fun Red
Chapter 9 Robust Rhone Reds and Unique Whites
Part III France's Other Wine Regions
Chapter 10 Champagne: The World's Greatest Sparkling Wine
Chapter 11 Alsace: White Wine Wonderland
Chapter 12 The Loire Valley's Hidden Gems
Chapter 13 The South of France
Chapter 14 Other French Wine Regions
Part IV The Part of Tens
Chapter 15 Answers to Ten Common Questions about French Wines
Chapter 16 Ten French Wine Myths Exposed
Part V Appendixes
Appendix A Pronunciation Guide to French Wine Terms
Appendix B Bordeaux and Burgundy Classifications
Appendix C French Wine Vintage Chart: 1979 to 1998