Here, finally, is the first comprehensive guide to the five wine regions of the Loire. It is written with passion, understanding, and authority. Friedrich explores the Loire's sixty-odd appellations, explaining each one's history, soils, climate, and vintners. The author rates over six hundred wineries, giving tasting notes and lively sketches of the individual producers. Friedrich describes the food traditions of each of the five regions--the Nantais, Anjou and Saumur, Touraine, the Sancerrois, and the Auverngne, introducing fishermen, charcutiers, cheesemakers, and farmers. There are maps, a glossary, and wine itineraries for travelers. It will remain a classic well into the twenty-first century.
Winner: Veuve Clicquot Wine Book of the Year
Winner: Julia Child Award
Winner: the James Beard Award
Jacqueline Friedrich is a wine and food writer whose articles appear in Wine Spectator, Travel & Leisure, the New York Times and French publications. In 1991 she moved to the region of Chinon in Touraine to finish research on this book and she is still there.