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Snooth User: Richard Foxall

Or Maybe It's Wine Book Reviews?

Posted by Richard Foxall, Jan 4, 2016.

While looking at the NYTimes food section, I saw a piece for this book by Lonely Planet, the budget/alt travel guide company. 

Wine Trails bookUsed one of their books in Mexico recently, and used them when I hitched across Canada in 1990.  Not sure how deep their expertise is in this area.  I looked through the table of contents and it's fairly basic:  Major wine areas in most countries associated with wine get some play.  Odd to choose Niagara over Okanagan for Canada, although that may have to do with where people are going for other things.  Sierra Foothills are omitted entirely--they get no respect, I tell you.  Chile seems light with just one location (Colchagua) and a few countries seem a little like, why bother?  (Morocco?  Lebanon?  Sure, they have winemaking but is that what you would go there for as a casual taster?) 

I've requested a review copy, so I'll let you know.  Probably pitch it to Snooth as an article if LP comes through.


Reply by dmcker, Jan 4, 2016.

Lonely Planet was cutting edge in its niche for several decades. Looks like they may be expanding beyond their scope of fairly unique expertise. Certainly this is beyond their original vision.

Reply by JonDerry, Jan 5, 2016.

Agreed that I see Lonely Planet more as a commercial/generic company now, but of course would be curious if this is any better than expectations.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Jan 5, 2016.

Okay, review coming, have to pick up my copy.  They were awed by the magical Snooth name!

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