The Wines of the Northern Rhône

Hardcover | December 1, 2005

byJohn Livingstone-learmonthForeword byKermit Lynch

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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 Rhône Valley in France. Home to the spicy Syrah, or Shiraz, and the floral Viognier grapes, the northern Rhône Valley is one of France's oldest wine-growing regions; its appellations include Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and Château-Grillet. With evocative descriptions and marvelous insights, this accessible, elegant book, the culmination of more than thirty years following the Rhône, is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the various estates, winemakers, and their wines.

Taking a deeper look at the northern Rhône than Livingstone-Learmonth's highly regarded previous volumes on the Rhône 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 Rhône 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

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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 Rhône Valley in France. Home to the spicy Syrah, or Shiraz, and the floral Viognier grapes, the northern Rhône Valley is one of France's oldes...

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“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 annua...

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 Rhône (third edition, 1992). Kermit Lynch is a wine importer and retailer and the author of Adventure...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 10 × 7 × 2 inPublished:December 1, 2005Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520244338

ISBN - 13:9780520244337

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In every bottle of wine there resides a piece of the maker's soul. --from the Introduction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments / ix
Author’s Note / xiii
Foreword, by Kermit Lynch / xv

INTRODUCTION / 1

1 • CÔTE-RÔTIE / 35
2 • CONDRIEU / 151
3 • CHÂTEAU-GRILLET / 224
4 • HERMITAGE / 234
5 • CROZES-HERMITAGE / 337
6 • ST-JOSEPH / 438
7 • CORNAS / 555
8 • ST-PÉRAY / 625
9 • REGIONAL WINES AND VINS DE PAYS / 658

Appendixes / 671
Glossary / 683
Index / 689

Editorial Reviews

["A] magisterial and compelling tour de force of a passionate wine guide....a dip into the book at virtually any point is almost as satisfying as a visit."--"Decanter