For decades, David Downie and Alison Harris have been exploring Burgundy—they walked clear across it in 2006—reporting on their finds for top magazines and newspapers worldwide. This is the third Terroir Guide they have collaborated on and perhaps the most detailed and personal of any so far. Burgundy is one of France’s great food and wine regions. Many of the world’s most sought-after wines are produced there; so, too, are some of the most underrated, underpriced white wines in France. Each of Burgundy’s five wine districts is thoroughly explored in this guide, with recommendations on which wines to buy and which wineries to visit. Wine terminology is explained in a way that anyone can understand. On the food side, Burgundy still has a surprising number of luxurious restaurants, as well as dozens of country auberges visitors dream of discovering. Downie leads you to just such places, as well as to specialty food shops where you can taste the region’s terroir firsthand. Burgundy’s lush scenery distills the essence of French terroir, and each of its subregions has a distinctive character where the architecture and art reflect this storied diversity.
“…an excellent companion for food-loving travellers, particularly as it also includes specialist food suppliers…It’s full of insider tips and prettily illustrated with photographs…”–Destination France
"Downie...calls readers to arms by celebrating the terroir and how it, along with the particular climates, has created culinary jewels for millennia–snails, Charolais beef, chèvre, honey, truffles, and grand cru pinot noirs and chardonnays. He easily demystifies the processes of wine making...succinctly maps and divides Burgundy into four regions, walking readers through each town and discussing lodgings, markets, artisans, and vintners. He also deconstructs restaurants' menus for their technique and signatures....Beautifully depicted, handily sized, and substantially sourced for contact info and seasonal hours. Not a stand-alone general guide, this book is a regional standard for oenophiles and the palatably enchanted traveler. Highly recommended." –Library Journal, 2/15/10, Starred Review
"For years now, The Little Bookroom has been publishing out-of-the-ordinary travel guides--books that encourage travelers to slow down, to appreciate details, to focus in a thoughtful way on what makes each destination unique. The publisher's new series, the Terroir Guides, applies these concepts to food and wine, focusing not on an entire country, but on specific regions or cities. The result is a real celebration of the sense of place, and the first volume on David Downie's Food Wine Burgundy, proves that the concept works beautifully...What follows is a feast of hearty Burgundian food and luscious wines, starting with a section on local specialties...The book is packed with insider's addresses, including small, family-run bistrots, country inns, cheese shops and bakeries that seldom make it into other guidebooks. The descriptions, often enlivened by Downie's wry sense of humor, are delightful to read...Wine lovers will appreciate the invaluable information on wineries open to he public, especially those open without appointment...The volume is lavishly illustrated with Alison Harris's gorgeous color photographs...I wish I'd had Downie's guide with me on my past trips to Burgundy. And judging from the many margin marks, underlinings and stars that I penciled through the volume, it will certainly accompany me on the next."
--Vivian Thomas, France Today
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