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    DescriptionSeeking to penetrate the mysteries of two great wine regions - 'two opposite civilizations, two distinct ways of feeling' - Jean-Robert Pitte embarks upon an evocative and fascinating exploration of the land, people, and wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. His account is a rich tapestry of terroir, history, culture, and economics from Roman to modern times. The unique qualities of the wines of each region, Pitte believes, cannot be entirely explained by the differences in their physical environments: they have social origins as well.Beginning with an entertaining look at the remarkable variety of insults exchanged by partisans of the two regions, Pitte delves into the key role played by medieval monks, dukes, and peasant vignerons in building their respective reputations and in creating the rivalry between bourgeois Bordeaux and earthy Burgundy that we know today. His sparkling, fair-minded narrative, engaging the senses and the mind alike, conveys a deep appreciation of two incomparable winegrowing cultures, united despite their differences by a common ambition to produce the best wines in the world.


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    Title
    Bordeaux, Burgundy
    Subtitle
    A Vintage Rivalry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean-Robert Pitte, Translated by M. B. Debevoise
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 268
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520249400
    ISBN 10: 0520249402
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: FOO
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T16.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 240
    Ingram Subject Code: CW
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14580
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WBXD1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI030000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: CKB088000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    DC22: 641.22094471, 641.220944, 641.2/209447144
    LC classification: TP553 .P5713 2008
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    4 maps
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    07 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Jean-Robert Pitte is professor of geography and president of the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. He is the author or editor of twelve previous books, including French Gastronomy and History of the French Landscape.
    Review quote
    "Pitte, a specialist in wine geographies, relates a long and fierce oenophile war in this charming history."--New Yorker "Full of fascinating digressions into the history of the wines, the areas, and the people."--Art Info Brilliant--The Guardian "Whatever you may know about these two great wine regions, you'll learn something new."--Decanter "History buffs will especially savor Pitte's extensive report on France's most legendary wine regions."--The Bloomsbury Review
    Table of contents
    List of Maps Preface to the American Edition 1. Weighing the Evidence 2. Markets and Consumers 3. The Physical Environment 4. Incomparable Wines Conclusion. Farewell to Parochialism Notes Bibliography Index