More full reviews of “The Wines of Provence – Tricolour” book are found below.
“Review of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour
When I was asked to present on Provence a few months ago, it rapidly became clear that there were few comprehensive, up-to-date guides to the region. Thank goodness then for this book which, as you might imagine from the author’s name, has been translated from the original Swedish.
It is a comprehensive reference work, rather than a coffee table book, which provides plenty of useful information on climate, terroir and winemaking in the region, as well as lots of detail on rosé winemaking, which now accounts for nearly 90% of production. Incidentally, there is a chapter entitled “Too much rosé?”.
There are also producer profiles, listed by appellation, which are full of useful information, as well as colour maps and statistics aplenty.
As well as these useful standards, there are some unexpected moments too, such as an interview with Lars Torstensen, Swedish winemaker and erstwhile head of Château d’Esclans, in the days before it was bought by Sacha Lichine.………
The great appellations of Bandol (though rosé is now dominant here too), Cassis, Bellet and Palette should not be overlooked and this book provides a timely reminder that they exist.
Overall this is a very useful resource for wine educators (and writers) wanting comprehensive and detailed information about a region that we probably all feel familiar with, yet perhaps don’t really “know”.
As well as this book, Göran also produces the very useful website Wines of Provence.”
Heather Dougerty – AWE Association of Wine Educators, 2022-09-30
“Essential Reading “The Wines of Provence – Tricolour”, Elevated Wine Knowledge
Göran Boman, the author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, is based in Sweden, far from Provence’s vineyards. However, Göran is a wine lover inside this book he covers 58 wine producers and recommends 338 wines, not just rosé wines. Use the book as a guide to discovering these wines and the producers. His goal is to deepen your knowledge of everything worth knowing about the wines of Provence.
The book is unique; there is no similar publication in English or even in French. The Wines of Provence – Tricolour received a Gourmand Award in 2020 and is now in the “Best in the World” within the French Wine category….
If you are planning a wine-focused trip in Provence, this book is an excellent resource….
I would say that the book is both for experts and beginners. The experts will find many facts and interesting details as well as recommended producers and wines. Despite all the facts, it is an easy-to-read, richly illustrated book…. “
Read the whole review and interview with me HERE.
Carolyne Kauser-Abbott, perfectlyprovence.co
“The complete guide to Provence wines
If you, like me, are fond of the south of France, you pack a copy of Göran Boman’s book about Provence wines. It is available in a Swedish or English extended version. This book contains everything worth knowing about Provence wines down to the smallest detail. ….
The emphasis of the book is to present a number of producers in each part of Provence. These sections contain detailed information on the wines they produce, their grape combinations as well as tasting notes….
……. Browsing through the book has increased my desire to travel around Provence and with the book as a guide discover new vineyards.“
Kristina Svensson, www.tomatsallad.nu (in Swedish)
“Kudos to Göran Boman, Swedish author of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour, for his Gourmand World Cookbook Award — find out more about his impressive book and award in the Wine Snoop Report.“
Wine Snoop Report:
“Swedish Wine Writer Wins Coveted Award for his Book on Provence Wines
Göran Boman was recently honored with the prestigious international Gourmand World Cookbook Award for his 2018 book entitled The Wines of Provence – Tricolour. Accordingly, this book is the “Best in the World” in the category “French Wine“! I learned that this competition has been likened to the film competition in the Oscars. Woo-hoo, Göran Boman!
This very informative and well-written book covers the wines of Provence, including not just the rosé wines but the whites and the reds which are often neglected by wine writers. Fifty-seven producers and 340 wines are mentioned. It includes detail about history, winemaking, grape varieties, and the various terroirs in this wine region. Furthermore, Boman writes about all nine appellations of Provence. How many Provence enthusiasts can even name all nine appellations?
In July 2019, the English version of The Wines of Provence – Tricolour was released. This version sits in a prominent place in my bookcase and has been an excellent resource.
Boman has been studying wine for 25 years. He has long been a member of “Munskänkarna,” the Swedish association of tasting and studying wine. Boman passed the top-level Munskänkarna exam, equivalent to the grade of Sommelier. He writes the blog, WinesofProvence.org, in Swedish with significant parts in English – enough to warrant English speakers to definitely have a look.
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards was founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, whose ancestor invented the secret orange liqueur recipe, and the Gourmand Awards international jury awards the world’s best cook and wine books each year.“
Susan Manfull – Provence Wine Zine
“There are many books about the wines of Provence. Then why is this the book that every enthusiast and professional should have in his bookcase? Boman has put all his knowledge in this area into a well-arranged book in a 280-page book. It is not just about rosé, which now accounts for more than 90% of production. White and red that are of a qualitatively high level are also discussed. The conditions are also ideal for white and red. Furthermore, all aspects of wine, grapes, history, winemaking and terroir are discussed and a large number of producers (50+) are described in detail.
More than 50 producers, the background of which you already know after reading and can visit. Not only famous toppers, but also small producers of 6 ha. quality grapes and organic or biodynamic. For enthusiasts, there are extensive descriptions of the areas and attempts to group soil and climate with a specific type of wine grape or type of wine. There are statistics and many details for the professional.
In short, a book to get to know the area and its wines (further). The Provence wine producers and the CIVP can be happy with such a book, in which much is described and explained. An excellent promotion of the rising quality!“
André Sauerbier – Wineconsultant Provence
“Congratulations, a very precise book.”
Gilles DELSUC, Vigneron & Œnologue at Domaine la Blaque
Despite my warning that I basically found ALL wine books sad (exception: Kermit Lynch, Adventures on the Wine Route) he dared to send me his book. Göran Boman: The Wines of Provence – Tricolour (2019; in Swedish 2018).
The error is, of course, mine – I lack “nerdiness”. Do not turn on all these dry facts about climate, soil, appellation regulations. Also want reading pleasure, shape.
Most interesting in GB’s book I found an interview with Lars Torstenson. Here we can “join”. Had wanted more meetings like this …
At the same time, I appreciate the presentations of these slightly more odd districts, such as Bellet and Palette. Good and detailed about producers and wines.
“Maybe too much textbook?” Göran writes as a dedication. Yes, for me. Certainly not for others. The book also fills a knowledge gap. Among my many “textbooks” this is the first purely about Provence.
(Addition. Göran is a 3-rating at the Munskänkarna – considerably tougher to achieve than the sommelier title that is compared to on the back of the book. The English edition just won the Gourmand Awards World Cup in the “French Wines” category.)
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