The Field - - Country Estate - By Chris Losh Quadrille, £20

Most of my vine­yard vis­it­ing to date has been sweep­ing through Cham­pagne on the way to the slopes, pick­ing up some­thing jolly to keep the knees lu­bri­cated. Good wine has been dis­cov­ered on these early morn­ing for­ays, rheumyeyed from a 4.15am Eurostar. But this book might change all that. In fact, it of­fers a whole new rea­son to visit any part of the world, as Chris Losh tracks down and of­fers ad­vice on winer­ies worth mak­ing a de­tour for.

Losh’s book is di­vided into sec­tions cov­er­ing coun­tries and then di­vided again into re­gions. He ad­vises on where to head to for ex­cep­tional Ger­man Mosel, what not to miss in Eastern Europe and Asia, and where to visit in the UK, too. Text is to the point and in­for­ma­tive, as a guide should be, filled with knowl­edge and tan­ta­lis­ing de­scrip­tion.

Where to drink wine is a blue­print for vi­nous ad­ven­ture, mar­ry­ing clas­sic des­ti­na­tions with hid­den gems, the best château and the most in­ter­est­ing cel­lars. A clas­sic of its type – and a use­ful present.

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