"The Best Way to Learn about Wine is the Drinking": First Edition of Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France; Inscribed by Him
Alexis Lichine’s Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France.
Item Number: 72050
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.
First edition of America’s foremost wine connoisseur’s comprehensive guide to the wines of France. Octavo, original half cloth, with 8 pages of photographs and 22 maps. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Ian White who was able to see at Chat. Prieure-L that the 1980’s will be quite promising. Best wishes, Alexis Lichine. Margaux Vendauge 1980.” The recipient, Ian White, received the book during a visit to Lichine’s estate and vineyard in Maurguax, Chateau Prieure-Lichine. Lichine purchased the estate in 1951, the wine produced from its vineyards was classified as one of only ten Fourth Growths in the historic Bourdeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Dust jacket photograph by Neal Slavin.
"Here is a fresh, up-to-date, comprehensive, and deeply informed account of France's wines, wine-makers, and vineyards as they are today. It systematically and thoroughly covers each wine region from Bordeaux to Burgundy to the Rhone Valley, the Loire, Alsace, Champagne, Cognac, and the rest, not neglecting such letter-known and newly important districts as Provence and the Midi...no wine lover fan afford to be without this book" (Ray Cruz).