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Even in the decade that has passed since the publication of the first edition, a lot has changed in Burgundy. Mr. Morris, a retired wine merchant who lives in the area, has extensively updated and developed the book. Readers dismayed by Burgundy’s soaring prices will be happy to see additional information on the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais, where they could still find affordable wines.

Mr Morris also discusses the fallout from climate change, the rise of aligoté (perhaps a byproduct of climate change) and how the rise in land prices in Burgundy is affecting small family estates, which have forged a large part of the image of the region.

At almost 800 pages, it’s a big book. What it doesn’t contain are detailed tasting notes, a wise editorial decision that allows more important questions to be explored. While Mr. Morris briefly touches on the issue of premature oxidation, which has plagued white Burgundies for the past 25 years, I would have liked him to devote a little more space to clarifying exactly where things stand. . Nevertheless, if you like Burgundy, this is a must-have volume.

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Natural wine has given rise to all kinds of fantasies among those who scrutinize this world. Mean and deceived people might laugh at the hipster sommeliers who crisscross reluctant customers with their funky wines, made by unwashed hippies. More empathetic people might view its inhabitants as finicky young people who must be allowed their mistakes before they come to their senses.

Rachel Signer’s new book, “You had me at Pét-Nat: a natural memory soaked in wine(Hachette, $ 28) offers an inside view of the world, demonstrating that young people in natural wine can be much like young people anywhere, trying to find a way to make a living doing what they want. ‘they find meaningful while looking for love and companionship.

Early in the story, Signer is an aspiring young writer in New York City who supports herself by working in restaurants. After falling in love with natural sparkling, an ancient style of sparkling wine revived by natural wine producers, she is drawn headlong into this alternative community, which appears to have its own networks of shops, wine bars, restaurants and wine fairs. wines.

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