Paul Strang: Vins et Vignerons du Sud-Ouest, Editions du Rouergue
Harry Karis: The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Book, Kavino, 72.95€ with map booklet + delivery, 69€ without booklet + delivery, 488 pages, hbk, col pics and maps
Photos by Phil Karis and forewords by Robert Parker and Michel Blanc
Although I have only recently received Harry Karis' Châteauneuf book, it seems set to become the reference work on the appellation for a number of years. The first section covers the history geography, geology, climate, the vineyard – grape varieties, rootstocks, etc – and wine making. This is followed by 300 pages of profiles of the Châteauneuf producers. The book finishes with vintage charts , wine and food and a visitors' guide.
The book can be ordered from here.
Paul Strang: Vins et Vignerons du Sud-Ouest, Editions du Rouergue, 29€, 374 pages, col pics, sketch maps
Photos by Jason Shenai
The French version of Paul Strang's new book was published in August, while the English version from The Unversity of California Press is expected in October/November. Paul made his reputation with his meticulously researched Wines of South-West France, which was published in 1994. This new book covers the same region but 15 years on.