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Virgile's Vineyard
Patrick Moon

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : John Murray
Page Extent : 288
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780719565175
Price : 1,799

About the book
Among the rich cast of characters he meets during his year of exploration is Virgile a young local wine-maker who offers to initiate Patrick into the mysteries of each season's work in the fields and in the cellar. Virgile is passionately committed to perfection though he operates on a shoestring.



At the other extreme is Manu Patrick's dipsomaniac neighbour a diehard traditionalist producing a private wine-lake of unspeakable rouge. With Manu as his self-appointed guide Patrick embarks on a tour of the region's wine makers - a succession of lively encounters with growers as varied as the wines themselves. Interwoven are digressions into the history of the region and its wine-making from the earliest plantings by the Greeks and Romans.



Meanwhile the author struggles to deal with his dilapidated inheritance - an unfamiliar and unpredictable world where the brambles have grown as tall as the olive trees the water supply has just dried up and there is a ferocious animal under the roof tiles.>

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'Full of interesting characters and a fresh view on a fast-evolving region from an outsider who loves wine and is prepared to learn why one bottle, vineyard or estate differs so dramatically from another'>
'Patrick Moon finds himself living in one of the world's "happening" wine places and there are, as there must be in this sort of book, a good bunch of locals. Unlike the usual enthusiastic refugees from the north, Moon conducts himself with a mixture of surprise and reluctance. Like the wine, everything flows richly and generously from there'>
'Patrick Moon, who inherited his neglected and remote house in the Languedoc region of southern France, writes with flair ... He is befriended by Virgile, a young local winemaker, who offers to teach him everything he knows about wine-making from the field to the cellar. The result is a fascinating seasonal tour'>
'When Moon inherits a house in the Languedoc, he has no idea it will lead to a crash course in wine-making and a hilarious introduction to French hospitality ... The story is in turns funny, moving and instructional, with a wisdom that rises from every chapter and glassful. A delightful journal of calamity and discovery'>
'Rather superior and enjoyably informative ... Moon follows the progress of Virgile, a dedicated if penurious young wine-maker. Manu, a rarely sober producer of the old vinegary school, provides comic relief. In his roundabout way, Moon conveys a host of information about this fascinating corner of France and its main product'>
When Moon inherits a house in the Languedoc, he has no idea it will lead to a crash course in wine-making and a hilarious introduction to French hospitality ... The story is in turns funny, moving and instructional, with a wisdom that rises from every chapter and glassful. A delightful journal of calamity and discovery
Full of interesting characters and a fresh view on a fast-evolving region from an outsider who loves wine and is prepared to learn why one bottle, vineyard or estate differs so dramatically from another
Rather superior and enjoyably informative ... Moon follows the progress of Virgile, a dedicated if penurious young wine-maker. Manu, a rarely sober producer of the old vinegary school, provides comic relief. In his roundabout way, Moon conveys a host of information about this fascinating corner of France and its main product
Patrick Moon finds himself living in one of the world's "happening" wine places and there are, as there must be in this sort of book, a good bunch of locals. Unlike the usual enthusiastic refugees from the north, Moon conducts himself with a mixture of surprise and reluctance. Like the wine, everything flows richly and generously from there
Patrick Moon, who inherited his neglected and remote house in the Languedoc region of southern France, writes with flair ... He is befriended by Virgile, a young local winemaker, who offers to teach him everything he knows about wine-making from the field to the cellar. The result is a fascinating seasonal tour
     
Patrick Moon
Patrick Moon studied French and History at Oxford before working as a lawyer in London. He then decided to 'stop' in order to spend more time with his francophilia. He divides his time between London...(+)