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Books on French Wine

A wine merchants’ guide to the best books on French wine

Guide Hachette 2019

Guide Hachette des Vins 2019

Regarded by many as the ultimate guide to French Wines – over 40,000 wines blind tasted, of which only 10,000 get listed – no advertising accepted from vineyards! Useful introduction to every wine region in France – BUT it is in French!

Illustrated Guide to French Wines

An illustrated Guide to French Winesby
Anjana Prabhu-Paseband

An entertaining introduction to French Wines, cleverly illustrated to demystify the sometimes obscure aspects of French Wine – a fun and entertaining read for everyone.

Eyewitness Guide to French WInes

DK Eyewitness Guide to French Winesby
Robert Joseph

In established DK style –
“Showing you what others only tell you”
Fully revised and updated information on over 200 appellations and vintages. Regional information and driving tours and recommended food pairings plus details on how different wines are made. A great way to learn about the wines of France.

Languedoc-Roussillon by Paul Strang

The Wines and Winemakers A guide to the wines and winemakers of the south of France. A region previously best known for producing quantity over quality, it is now an exciting source of wines of real quality made by a new generation of winemakers. A new edition of a pioneering work by Paul Strang

Michelin Wine Regions of France

Michelin: The Wine Regions of France

Updated Michelin Guide to the Wine Regions of France is ideal for exploring France’s 14 renowned wine regions. Background information on wine making, tasting and buying and practical information for exploring the towns, villages and vineyards along the way. Official wine routes and Michelin Driving Tours, which highlight special points of interest; places to stay and eat; colourful, easy-to-read maps 

Burgundy (Lewin Guides)

Burgundy (Guides to Wines and Top Vineyards)  by Benjamin Lewin

This guide looks at the classic Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits areas.
The description of each area includes its geography, the grape varieties that are grown, how these relate to the styles of wines that are produced, wines from entry level to icons, currents trends and how styles are evolving.

Other Lewin Guides cover:

IGN Map Wines of Burgundy

The Wines of Burgundy – IGN Map

Wine map of Burgundy’s Côte-d’Or region in the IGN’s 1:55,000 series covering the main wine growing areas of France on colourful and informative maps, showing each area’s road network with locations of individual vineyards, etc. The map covers the vineyards of the Côte et Hautes- Côtes de Nuits and Côtes de Beaune south of Dijon.

IGN Map of Bordeaux

The Wines of Bordeaux – IGN Map

Wine map of the Bordeaux wine region at a scale of 1:210,000 covering
the famous vineyards along the confluence of the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, with additional lists of the Appellations and different classifications for Médoc, Saint-Emilion, Graves, etc.

IGN is the official state Mapping service in France

IGN Map of the Cotes du Rhone

The Wines of the Cotes du Rhone – IGN Map

Wine map of the Cotes du Rhone wine regions in the IGN’s 1:125,000 series covering both the northern and southern Cotes du Rhone on a double-sided map. IGN is the official state Mapping service in France.

Map of the Touraine

The Wines of the Touraine – IGN Map

Wine map of the Touraine wine region in the Loire Valley 1:150,000 series c
The map covers vineyards along the Loire from the Blois to its confluence with the River Vienne, as well as along the upper reaches of the Vienne and the Cher, plus the valley of the Loir west of Vendôme

IGN Map Beaujolais

The Wines of Beaujolais – IGN Map

Wine map of the Beaujolais wine region in the IGN’s 1:80,000 series covering the area between southern Burgundy and Lyon. IGN is the official state Mapping service in France.

Burgundy The Great Domaines

Burgundy – The Great Domaines by Remington Norman

A comprehensive guide to the complexities of Burgundy such that “no other book on Burgundy deals so thoroughly with the philosophy and techniques of individual growers and winemakers,”

Champagne Essential Guide

Champagne – The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers and Terroirs

A stunning box set, complete with seven vintage maps in a pull-out drawer. Based on six years of on-the-ground research and unprecedented access to actual Champagne growers, Champagne is the first book to actually describe producers and wines based on their terroir – enlightening readers by showing them exactly where, how, and by whom these great wines are made

Oz Clarke: Bordeaux

Oz Clarke’s Bordeaux

An enthusiastic, witty and informed guide to all the wines of this revered wine region with  evocative descriptions and personal anecdotes, accompanied by stunning photographs and maps. But he also recommends some of the more affordable wines of the region as well as the great fine wines.

Southwest France by Paul Strang

South West France The Wines and Winemakersby Paul Strang

A guide to the most interesting and varied wine region in France from Gascony, the Dordogne, Cahors and the foothills of the Pyrenees, Toulouse and Gaillac come a rich heritage of wines which reward exploring. My favourite region.

The Complete Bordeaux

The Complete Bordeaux by Stephen Brook

A thorough guide to the foremost wine region in the world – the Wines, the Chateaux and the People – 3rd edition published in 2017. Coverage of all the wines, including the dessert wines of Sauternes etc. Written by a well-respected wine writer.

Larousse Wine

Larousse Wine – the definitive reference for Wine Lovers

This is an expert guide to wine comes from the publishers of respected Larousse Gastronomique. A completely new and updated edition and offers wide-ranging coverage of the key wine-producing regions of the world, with particular reference to French vineyards.

Saving Our Skins by Carol Feely

Saving Our Skins (2014) Building a Vineyard Dream in France by Caro Feely

The story of an Irish/Kiwi couple who follow their dreams and take over a vineyard near Bergerac – now a successful organic vineyard with accommodation, wine courses etc.

other books by Caro Feely:

French Wines for Dummies

French Wine for Dummies “A Reference for the Rest of Us”.

Well-structured and entertaining guide which assumes no prior knowledge.
Book includes: The story of French wine and how it came to dominate the wine world; How the French name and label their wines and why; France’s most important wine regions including a region-by-region survey of the best vineyards and their products ; France’s other wine regions, including Champagne, Alsace, the Loire Valley, and others