France's southwestern quarter features some of the country's most dramatic scenery--and this in a particularly scenery-rich land! The southwest also produces some excellent wine, a subject on which Strang is an authority. Thirty years' preparation stands behind this thorough guide to the region's wineries, which number more than 200. As he guides the reader over the byways of the delectable countryside, on his way to this winery and that, Strang offers a full discourse on the process of wine making and the history of the industry in the area. On each grower's product, he proffers very informed commentary, all in a smoothly flowing narrative that reads almost like a travelogue, brimming with as much passion as knowledge. The text is augmented with helpful maps.