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Drinking with the Valkyries


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Table of Contents

Foreword, Preface, Chapter One: Origins, Chapter Two: Some Soils, Some Skies, Chapter Three: Taste and Tasting, Chapter Four: Some Beautiful Wines, Chapter Five: A Tea Break, Chapter Six: Interrogations and Impieties, Chapter Seven: Wine Shadows, Chapter Eight: Wine in a Life, Chapter Nine: Against Wine Worldliness, Chapter Ten: Three Last Wines, Glossary, Chronology, Index

About the Author

Andrew Jefford writes and broadcasts about different places on earth, and the foods, drinks and scents connected with them. He has written for most of the UK's wine and food press and has columns in Decanter and World of Fine Wine. Andrew and his family live near Montpellier in France. "One of my favorite wine journalists, and a guy who is up in the top echelon with Matt Kramer and Jancis Robinson....Andrew Jefford, has an exceptionally fair and balanced piece on the free Decanter magazine website called...."Wither Tasting Notes"....most people would think this goes to the heart and soul of many wine magazines, blogs, etc. but he ,as he usually does, analyzes it in a rational way, something often missing in winespeak. BTW, his books, which I have consistently recommended, are another of his strengths. So heads-up." Robert Parker


"An entrancing companion for wine lovers. Celebratory, discerning writing with all the variety and unexpectedness of the wines explored." - Michele Roberts, Author and Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia
"This book is about feeling, tasting and describing the beauty of wine, as well as understanding the intensity of emotion that wine can engender." - Decanter Magazine
"...indispensible book in which the formidable strengths of this writer are on full display." - Terry Theise
"So precise and dancing, so chiseled and so free, as complex and delicious as your favorite bottle of wine, you will enjoy the world of wine differently after reading through Jefford's words." - Pascaline Lepeltier, Instagram
"Reading through Drinking with the Valkyries - the title refers to the experience of drinking young vintage port - it struck me that Jefford is a throwback to a less specialised age." - The Critic
"But while Jefford's lyrical, almost literary language is his calling card, I've long found the most impressive element of his writing to be the rigour." - Club O Enologique

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