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Wine Books: Remington Norman

Remington Norman is a very knowledgeable author and a Master of Wine who has long been associated with the wines of the Rhône Valley. Nevertheless, he has also penned authored some excellent works on Burgundy that should not be overlooked.

Remington NormanRhône Renaissance (1995)
Remington Norman
Mitchell Beazley
Available from Amazon (UK) and Amazon (USA)
ISBN-13: 978-1857327595

What a stunning book. Of reasonable weight, with glossy pages and good photography, this book initial suggests itself as a superficially attractive coffee table book. Take a closer look, however, and you will be seduced by Norman's informative write-ups of the important producer's of the Rhône Valley. He deals with the producers appellation by appellation, starting in Côte-Rôtie and progressing South. This in itself would be sufficient, but Norman then takes on the producers of Rhône-like wines from regional France. This is before dealing with the New World producers, most obviously the growers of Shiraz in Australia, but also California and South Africa. This book feels a little like a personal odyssey, as I have visited many of the Rhône producers Norman features, from the obvious (e.g.. Clos de Papes), to the less so (e.g.. Chaboud), but it would serve as an guide for anyone serious about the wines of the Rhône Valley.