From the inside flap:
"A few friends, a good meal, a glass of wine - what could be a more simple pleasure? Why then does the subject of wine - and particularly writing about wine - often seem so darn complicated, so needlessly technical or rustratingly pretentious? In this book I wanted to tell a different story about wine, share my experience of two years spent among French winemakers and vineyards - two years in which I discovered that the story of wine from vine to glass is as much the story of the people who make it, their history and traditions, their intimacy with the land, as it is a tale of yearst, grape, and barrell. Happily, it is also, in the small family vineyards where much French wine is made, a very warm, very human story...."