• Wines of the French Alps
  • Wines of the French Alps
  • Format:Paperback
  • ISBN:9780992833114
  • Publication Date:29-07-2019
  • Pages:384

Wines of the French Alps

Wink Lorch

Savoie, Bugey and beyond with local food and travel tips

Wines of the French Alps

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Winner of the Prix de l’OIV Award 2020

‘An engagingly elucidated and beautifully packaged wealth of otherwise inaccessible information… It would be hard to imagine a more successful introduction to any corner of the wine-growing world, and few corners suffer from less-justified neglect.’
David Schildknecht, World of Fine Wine






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After years hidden away in the craggy mountains, wines from Savoie and Bugey are now offered worldwide. This book tells the story of the men and women who make these characterful wines, how they have tamed the steep hillsides to plant the vines and mastered their unusual grape varieties.

Alongside almost 120 producer profiles, Wink summarizes the appellations, terroir, grapes, winegrowing and winemaking, and explores the history that has made these wines worthy of a place on the finest tables. This is a more complete documentation on the wines of Savoie, Bugey and beyond than anything ever published, even in French. It is set to become an essential handbook for wine lovers and wine professionals.

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  • Weight 1.089 kg
  • Dimensions 160 x 230 mm

Wink Lorch has always worked in the world of wine and since the late 1980s has been a wine communicator, teaching wine trade students, entertaining wine lovers and writing for magazines and books. In addition she has worked with specialist wine book authors and publishers including on books by Oz Clarke and Jancis Robinson.

Wink lives partly in London and partly in the French Alps. She has become a specialist in the unusual wines of the French Alps (Savoie, Bugey and others) and of the Jura, contributing to many books and magazines on these specialist regions. Wink has also been involved in travel guide writing and editing for her specialist areas.

Wink's Jura blog is at jurawine.co.uk and her main site is winetravelmedia.com

‘The books that taught me about wine were about places and people. It’s the history and stories about a wine that bring it to life and make it worth talking about.’

– Steven Spurrier