1. SOUTH-WEST FRANCE; the wines and winemakers (University of California Pr., 2009, 376 pages, ISBN 978-0-520-25941-6, $45US hard covers) is by wine and food writer Paul Strang who specializes in south-west
Audience and level of use: readers of wine materials, lovers of wines of South-West
Some interesting or unusual facts: "It is refreshing to know that other [grape] varieties, grown only in the South-West, produce wines which are like no other. The South-West is the opposite pole from globalization, which may explain why the big players in the wine business have been reluctant to come to grips with it."
The downside to this book: while the layout is good (especially because of the leading), the book is larger than it should be. Such similar guides are normally smaller, and lower in price.
The upside to this book: some really new and fresh material about the region.
Quality/Price Rating: 90.