I'll Drink to That
Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who Made It the World's Most Popular Wine
ISBN10: 1592403204 ISBN13: 9781592403202 Publisher: Gotham Books Published: Oct 18 2007 Pages: 302 Weight: 1.15lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 6.75" Depth: 1.50" Language: English
The remarkable saga of the wine and people of Beaujolais and Georges Duboeuf, the peasant lad who brought both world recognition.
Every third week of November, wine shops around the world announce aLe Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivA(c)a and in a few short weeks, over seven million bottles are sold and drunk. Although often scorned by the wine worldas snob set, the annual delivery of each yearas new Beaujolais wine brings a welcome ray of sunshine to a morose November from New York to Tokyo. The surprising Cinderella tale behind the success of Beaujolais Nouveau captures not just the story of a wine but also the history of a fascinating region. At the heart of this fairy tale is the peasant wine grower named Georges Duboeuf, whose rise as the undisputed king of Beaujolais reads like a combination of suspenseful biography and luscious armchair travel.
Iall Drink to That transports us to the unique corner of France where medieval history still echoes and where the smallholder peasants who made Beaujolais wines on their farms battled against the contempt of the entrenched Burgundy and Bordeaux establishment. With two bottles of wine in his bikeas saddlebag, young Duboeuf set out to revolutionize the stodgy wine business, becoming the richest and most famous individual wine dealer in France. But this is more than one manas success story. As The Perfectionist used Bernard Loiseau to tell the layered history of French haute cuisine, here Chelminski uses Duboeufas story to paint the portrait of the often endearing, sometimes maddening but always interesting inhabitants of a little-known corner of France, offering at the same time a witty, panoramic view of the history of French winemaking.