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by the book
Here are three new wine books to browse through that caught our eye. Land and Wine by Charles Frankel, a geologist with a love of wine, looks at terroir across France; Jamie Goode, journalist and founder of wineanorak.com studies Wine Science and Wink Lorch talks about the wines of the Jura in Franche-Comté with local food and travel tips. See Wine guidebooks
With the garden in hibernation, study your favourite garden books and make plans for spring planting. 'My favourites at the moment', says Lucia Latenstein, 'are the series e-books of Michael King: Perennial Meadows. They consist of ready made planting schemes. There are six e-books: Introduction, Prairie, Dry Steppe, Open Perennial, Wet Perennial and Shady, € 4,99 each.' See Lucia's January planting article and order your plants from her for February delivery.
A big year for Burgundy as a decision will be made this summer on whether the application 'Les Climats du vignoble de Bourgogne' succeeds in giving the Burgundy vineyards a UNESCO heritage ranking. And, as the amalgamation of the Bourgogne region with the Franche-Comté begins for the January 2016 completion, what changes will take place? Will Dijon be the capital of the region or Besançon for example?
Football doesn't escape discussion either.
More as the year unfolds.
french region of the year
Beaujolais, says Anthony Peregrine in The Telegraph, ' is the only major wine region (in France) that embraces the stuff with joy and conviviality, rather than with the insane pretence that wine is a branch of high culture'. He nominates this area, part of which lies in Burgundy and part in the Rhône-Alpes, as his region of 2014. Known for its wine, there are very few tourists, 'gorgeous goldstone spots such as Ternand and Bois d'Oignt', and a warm welcome too. More...
Stay at chambres d'hôte Rougeclos or chambres d'hôte Plaisances in St-Julien
Arguably the most influential interior designer in the world, Philippe Starck has come up with Mama Shelters, a chain of budget hotels. Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille are open. 'They’re playful, comprehensible, practical, have free movies in the bedrooms and sex toys for sale in the lobby' says Anthony Peregrine writing in The Telegraph. Can't we have this innovative concept in Burgundy?
We may imbibe a little too much over the next fortnight but hopefully it will not induce the headache of years gone by after a good night out with a bottle of plonk. Techniques and processes in winemaking have become more sophisticated and we have become increasingly conscious of the methods used to produce the drink we consume. When it comes to wine, the organic wine movement has had considerable influence in making a purer end result.
There has been a lot in the news in Burgundy with the case of Emmanuel Giboulot, a biodynamic winemaker, who refused to spray his vines with pesticide to protect against a deadly vine disease. He saw his conviction overturned on appeal earlier this month in Dijon.
Britt and Per Karlsson, Paris residents hailing from Sweden are wine experts, writing and photographing the subject, hosting wine tours and appearing on judging panels. Their first book to be published in English is called Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture. It looks at the do’s and don’ts of organic, biodynamic and natural wine production, both outside in the vineyard and in the wine cellar and sets out clearly what a winemaker is allowed to do, including processes, additives and chemicals, and looks at the potential long-term benefits of going organic or biodynamic. The book doesn't focus on the wine regions of the world, but Burgundy producers are well represented, and as Britt says: “Burgundy has had an active organic movement ever since the early 90s. Today the roll call of organic growers in Burgundy is a list of some of the most famous and sought after wine growers in France and in the world.” Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture
is available on Amazon, a good introduction to the subject for wine enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Celebrating the Morvan
An exhibition of 33 photographs by Jean-Baptiste Stéphane is on in Nevers to show the beauty of the Morvan Natural Park entitled 'Le Morvan, Une Montagne de Talents'. The Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan in partnership with the Conseil Général de la Nièvre has staged the exhibition on the Place de la Résistance and Rue Charles Roy in Nevers and it will run until February 28.
Burgundy and Franche-Comte Joined at the hip
The Burgundy Franche-Comté union has been agreed. The bill creates 13 major metropolitan areas instead of the 22 at present. See our overview of Franche-Comté, an area well worth visiting if you love the great outdoors. magnificent scenery and much much more. For wine lovers, journey time from Nuits-St-Georges to the wine area at Arbois in the Jura is only an hour by car.
How is Burgundy Wine Made?
After the harvest, what happens to the grapes to turn them into wine? We look at the intricate winemaking process for red and white wine from harvest to bottling.See our step-by-step guide.
The Top 10 Attractions in Burgundy
Our list of must-see places to visit during your stay in the Burgundy region from the Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune (centre) to the Grand Cru wine route (left), Vézelay and Guédelon (right). More...
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