I'll Drink to That: Beaujolais and the French Peasant Who by Rudolph Chelminski

By Rudolph Chelminski

The outstanding saga of the wine and other people of Beaujolais and Georges Duboeuf, the peasant lad who introduced either global recognition.

Every 3rd week of November, wine retailers all over the world announce “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé” and in a number of brief weeks, over seven million bottles are offered and under the influence of alcohol. even though usually scorned by means of the wine world’s snob set, the once a year supply of every year’s new Beaujolais wine brings a welcome ray of light to a morose November from ny to Tokyo. The amazing Cinderella story at the back of the luck of Beaujolais Nouveau captures not only the tale of a wine but additionally the heritage of a desirable zone. on the middle of this fairy story is the peasant wine grower named Georges Duboeuf, whose upward push because the undisputed king of Beaujolais reads like a mixture of suspenseful biography and luscious armchair travel.

I’ll Drink to That transports us to the original nook of France the place medieval background nonetheless echoes and the place the smallholder peasants who made Beaujolais wines on their farms battled opposed to the contempt of the entrenched Burgundy and Bordeaux institution. With bottles of wine in his bike’s saddlebag, younger Duboeuf got down to revolutionize the stodgy wine company, turning into the richest and most renowned person wine broker in France. yet this is often a couple of man’s luck tale. As The Perfectionist used Bernard Loiseau to inform the layered background of French haute delicacies, right here Chelminski makes use of Duboeuf’s tale to color the portrait of the usually endearing, occasionally maddening yet consistently fascinating population of a little-known nook of France, supplying whilst a witty, panoramic view of the background of French winemaking.

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