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The Wines of the Northern Rhone Hardcover - 2005

by John Livingstone-Learmonth; Foreword by Kermit Lynch

For anyone who wants to understand the full story that lies within a glass ofwine, this book opens up the inner secrets of the geology, the vineyards, thewines, and the growers of the northern Rhone Valley in France.


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For anyone who wants to understand the full story that lies within a glass of wine, this book opens up the inner secrets of the geology, the vineyards, the wines, and the growers of the northern Rhne Valley in France. Home to the spicy Syrah, or Shiraz, and the floral Viognier grapes, the northern Rhne Valley is one of France's oldest wine-growing regions; its appellations include Hermitage, Cte-Rtie, Condrieu, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and Chteau-Grillet. With evocative descriptions and marvelous insights, this accessible, elegant book, the culmination of more than thirty years following the Rhne, is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the various estates, winemakers, and their wines.

Taking a deeper look at the northern Rhne than Livingstone-Learmonth's highly regarded previous volumes on the Rhne Valley, this revised and up-to-date edition covers more producers and includes more in-depth information on the various terroirs, the histories of the wines, and the methods for making the wines. Livingstone-Learmonth concentrates on letting the producers explain their outlook and methods and includes much local color.

The Wines of the Northern Rhne includes

* Assessments of thousands of wines, with guide dates onwhen to drink and how long to age them

* Winemakers' views on what foods best accompany their wines

* New vineyard maps for each appellation

* Detailed descriptions by growers discussing the effect of different soils on their wines

* Precise information on how each domaine makes its wines

* New research on the historical links between Hermitage and Bordeaux

First line

The northern Rhone faces the twenty-first century with its tail apparently up.

From the rear cover

"If you want to know who is who in each appellation, and who produces the best wines, just look in here. Livingstone-Learmonth's understanding and feel for the region, its wines, and its winemakers shines out through every page."--Clive Coates, MW, author of The Wines of Bordeaux

"As one who visits the major producers in the region annually, I can testify to the superior scholarship underlying this work. It is utterly reliable and contains vast amounts of important information, much of which has not previously appeared in print."--Claude F. Kolm, Editor of Fine Wine Review

"This up-to-date, in-depth look at one of the most historic winegrowing regions in the world provides a human face to famous places and names and yields a wealth of information."--Joel Butler, MW, Educator and writer; WSET, Diageo Chateau & Estates Wine Co

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  • Title The Wines of the Northern Rhone
  • Author John Livingstone-Learmonth; Foreword by Kermit Lynch
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Pages 720
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher University of California Press, Berkeley
  • Date December 1, 2005
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Dust Cover, Glossary, Illustrated, Index, Maps, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780520244337 / 0520244338
  • Weight 3.81 lbs (1.73 kg)
  • Dimensions 10.28 x 7.3 x 2.13 in (26.11 x 18.54 x 5.41 cm)
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: French
    • Topical: Wine Country
  • Library of Congress subjects Wine and wine making - France - Cotes du
  • Dewey Decimal Code 641.22

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Citations

  • Choice, 06/01/2006, Page 1844
  • Ingram Advance, 11/01/2005, Page 55

About the author

John Livingstone-Learmonth is a noted wine writer whose work is regularly featured in Decanter, the leading British wine magazine. He is a long-term contributor to the Hugh Johnson annual Pocket Wine Book and author of The Wines of the Rhne (third edition, 1992). Kermit Lynch is a wine importer and retailer and the author of Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France and Inspiring Thirst.
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