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I'll Drink to That: Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who Made It the World's Most Popular Wine

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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 "Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arriv" and in a few short weeks, over seven million bottles are sold and drunk. Although often scorned by the wine world's snob set, the annual deliver ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Gotham Books (first published 2007)
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The first half is an engaging (if somewhat disorganized) history of Beaujolais winemaking. The second half is a love note to Georges Duboeuf, and it starts to drag. Still, if, like me, you know almost nothing about the subjects, this book is a pleasant way to learn.
As an extremely novice wine drinker, I was strangely drawn into this wonderfully written book that chronicles the wine-making tradition of the Beaujolais region of France. I was lucky enough to experience the Beaujolais Nouveau craze during my time in France and loved reading the "story behind the wine."

Excellent writing and a compelling story, you will be cheering for the underdogs and wanting to seek out one of the crus of Beaujolais as you wait for the third week of November to roll around.
Since Beaujolais is one of my favorite wines, a very good read (for me) on the history and current issues in the region. The first half is history back to the middle ages - could have done with a bit less detail here. The second half is the rise of Georges Duboeuf as the megamerchchant of Beaujolais and especially Beaujolais Nouveau. Again, could be a shorter section, but it never completely bogs down.
I adored this book, and I appreciate the detail and all the side stories. The reader wouldn't have truly 'got' Georges Deboeuf otherwise. I will encourage my wine loving husband to also read it, and maybe plan a trip to the region together (perhaps even stay at Marcel Pariaud's B&B while we are there.....) I would definitely fully appreciate it after reading this book.
Lori Ann
This book would have done much better edited down into a New Yorker article. There are very interesting bits within the book, but you have to slog through an awful lot of extraneous chapters and side stories to get to the most interesting thread, which is about Georges Duboeuf's career.
Barb Boomer
Oct 12, 2008 Barb Boomer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my adult friends
I enjoyed this book about Georges Duboeuf and the Beaujolais wine country so much that I am drinking a glass of Macon White tonight.
The writing is excellent; you won't be bored with this book.
My love of the wine and interest in rural France just couldn't keep me going through the ponderous, self-important prose. Alas!
Interesting and entertaining look at the history of Beaujolais wine.
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