Wine Tours in the South of France
By Florence Hernandez
by Nancy Huang
journalist Florence Hernandez’s new book, Wine Tours
in the South of France—or Vins du Soleil for the French
version—explores a region of France where winemaking
is not about big-name labels or fancy reputations, but about
a way of life. The 160-page book journeys through many wineries
in various regions of southern France, including the well-known
Rhône Valley and the area around Provence and Corsica.
Each stop in the book’s journey not only provides
details about the individual region’s wines, but also
details the intimate nuances of its winemaking process.
Included in each section is also a regional itinerary, which
describes suggested vineyards and winemakers to visit.
well-researched and well-illustrated, this book is designed
more for wine connoisseurs than the average wine drinker.
The numerous French terms may slow some readers unfamiliar
to the language or the winemaking process, and the in-depth
descriptions of the regions will disappoint anyone looking
for quick wine information or travel tips. However, any
reader willing to sit and learn about southern France will
find Wine Tours both informative and charming. The back
of the book also lists addresses and phone numbers to tourist
information, hotels, restaurants and vineyards for anyone
looking to travel to the region. Overall, this book is designed
for French oenophiles, but its colorful pictures and extravagant
descriptions make it worthy of anyone’s coffee table.
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