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Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France.

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Cerise 37 Mar 11, 2007 04:21 PM

How do we get someone to bring this book up to date? Mr. Lichine died and I assume his son isn't interested in continuing the book.

I loved this book and took it to France years ago not knowing a thing about wine. It was the beginning of wine and grape knowledge for me.. It was like a light bulb went off.. To this day, I use it as a reference. We had some wonderful meals in restaurants he recommended that we would never have known about otherwise. Such wonderful meals, wines and memories.

Do any of you know the book or use it?

Love some imput.

Thanks,

Cerise

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    zin1953 Mar 12, 2007 07:33 AM

    I still have my old, tattered copy (© 1967). That said, a much better book is Jancis Robinson's "The Oxford Companion to Wine." The 3rd Edition just came out.

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      Cerise 37 Mar 12, 2007 11:03 AM

      Doesn't she shortchange new world wine? I read that somewhere and it put me off buying her book. I'm a pinot grower and I want a fair shake. Maybe the third edition is not so prejudiced. Please let me know if I've got it wrong.

      Thanks,

      Cerise

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      1. re: Cerise 37
        carswell Mar 12, 2007 11:10 AM

        You've got it wrong.

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          zin1953 Mar 12, 2007 04:06 PM

          You got it wrong. I do not think, feel, or believe she shortchanged New World wines at all, BUT . . .

          There is always The Oxford Companion to Wines of North America, too!

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          Cerise 37 Mar 12, 2007 04:34 PM

          Hmmmm. I have The New Sotherby's Wine Encyclopedia that I use for a reference. Of the two , meaning Jancis and Sotherby's, which is best for an all around world wine reference book? I am willing to buy hers, if it is superior. I am always trying to learn about grapes and wines and I want the most comprehensive.

          Thanks,

          Cerise

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            zin1953 Mar 12, 2007 05:16 PM

            I have both, but I use Jancis' book more often.

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            Cerise 37 Mar 12, 2007 09:12 PM

            Okay. I am now posting after four glasses of wine. I will go back to my original post. I will buy Jancis's book. But are any of them as original and as personal as Alexis Lichine.????

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              zin1953 Mar 12, 2007 09:59 PM

              The Oxford Companion of Wine is *not* as "personal" as Alexis Lichine's Encyclopedia, but it is more authoritative, more "encyclopedic" in its scope, and remains easy-to-read and filled with knowledge.

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              Cerise 37 Mar 12, 2007 10:57 PM

              Thanks so much. Can't believe how much I have learned on our exchange on Chowhound. Oh yeah, my four glasses of wine were a bottle of Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

              Eat, Drink and be Merry!! We will touch bases again.

              Cerise

              1. jason carey Mar 14, 2007 07:50 AM

                Cerese, I think its time to move on to new authors.Alex Lichine is long gone, there are many great wine and travel guides out ther.. stick to those.

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                  Cerise 37 Mar 14, 2007 10:36 AM

                  I'm sure there are. He offered a particular insight into the wines and vineyards as he knew the players and the land.

                  If you know of a wine book written in his style, please post it.

                  Thanks so much,

                  Cerise

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