French Vineyards is a guide that will be irresistible to wine-loving Francophiles who want to delve deeper into French culture and the rhythms of rural life. It pinpoints some of the most dynamic wine estates in France and offers the reader a chance to stay, to taste the wine, and to sample distinctive regional food.
French wine estates--many of which are run by artisan producers-- continue to produce a variety and quality of wine that holds its place in our affections. The writer and researcher, Patrick Hilyer, has chosen a pleasing mixture of properties, from simple B&Bs to grand Châteaux, where there is an emphasis on fine food, convivial meals and an easy-going inclusiveness. He particularly celebrates organic wine producers.
Around 100 properties are included, each beautifully photographed and accompanied by fresh, insightful write-ups. Wine tasting notes from each estate are also included for those eager to learn how to distinguish their clarets from their cabernets.