The book Jura Wine by Wink Lorch has all the information that you may ever need on wine from the Jura wine region in eastern France. It contains wine producer profiles, detailed information about the vineyards, the history, the grape varieties and much, much more. It is self-published and available online.
It is an impressive tome; it is hard to imagine any other book containing so much information about the Jura wines and the Jura region: history, personalities, grape varieties, geology, a few pages even on the gastronomy and on travelling in the region. It also has a number of excellent maps.
Wink has evidently spent many weeks and months researching this book. In reality, it is more true to say several years. Wink lives part of the year in this part of France so she has accumulated an astonishing depth of knowledge about the wines.
The major part of the book deals, rightly, with all the wine producers in the region: wine producer profiles, tasting comments, family stories, etc and even contact details if you want to go and visit them.
The book has one drawback; it is so full of information, so fact-filled, so that it is almost daunting to launch into it. It is not a book for the one who looks for a brief introduction to Jura and it’s wines.
It is a book for the wine lover who wants to know about Jura, a lot about Jura. It is also a book that can serve as a reference, that you dip into when you need some piece of information.
Perhaps a follow-up could be a more light-weight introduction and overview to Jura wines?
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Another interesting aspect of the book is that it has been self-published by Wink Lorch using the Kickstarter crowd-financing platform. Her original project on Kickstarter, Jura Wine, The Book was to raise 7500 GBP. The support from wine lovers and Jura enthusiasts was so big so that she actually raised almost twice the target sum. This gave her the resources to make the book even more ambitious.
The book is available on Wink’s site, Wine Travel Media, for 25 GBP: Jura Wine by Wink Lorch. (Don’t worry about the designation “advanced book sales”; that’s where you buy the book but you don’t need a PhD to buy it.)