Keeping all fingers and toes crossed for no disasters, my book Jura Wine will be published as promised in April 2014, in less than four months’ time – it may even be available at the end of March. Writing and preparing the book for publication has been even harder than I ever imagined, and every stage of the production process is ongoing into the New Year. As I will be printing in Europe, turnaround for that stage is fairly fast.
Preview sample spreads and buy the book in advance
I have created a page about the Jura Wine book on my personal site Wine Travel Media with links to sample pages and the contents. I do hope you like the look of the design – the actual text/photos will change a little in the real thing – but only for the better!
You can now order books in advance through my website Wine Travel Media with credit card sales via the WorldPay secure server. The books are available at a 10% discount off the retail price of £25, with free postage within the UK and Europe. Shipping anywhere else is at a discounted £5 per book. Worldpay allows you to choose to pay in US dollars or euros. For multiple orders please contact me directly. The books will be shipped during April at the latest.
Raymond Blanc OBE, number one supporter of Franche-Comté
One of Britain’s best-loved chefs, originally from Besançon, capital of Franche-Comté, who has been based in England for more than three decades, Raymond Blanc OBE of the famous Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and the Brasserie Blanc group, has agreed to write the foreword, which I’m delighted about. Raymond came to the London Jura trade tasting in May and he is a big supporter of all the products from his home region. With his Chef Sommelier at Le Manoir, Alain Goubet, he intends to promote Jura wines more in his restaurant next year. Indeed they already serve Château-Chalon Domaine Chevassu-Fassenet by the glass.
A great support team
I could not have got as far as I have in preparing the book for publication, without this great support team.
- Pat Carroll in Dublin is editing my text and she is rightly a hard taskmaster, with a great eye for detail – she loves wine and has edited many of Tom Stevenson’s books.
- Mick Rock of Cephas Picture Library, as I’ve written about before, took some wonderful photos on our shoot back in May/June, but also already had a few in his library from earlier visits, and has taken studio shots too. Other photography is coming from Xavier Servolle in Arbois and from my partner Brett Jones. Historical photos are from Philippe Bruniaux of Arbois and from the Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois among other sources.
- Quentin Sadler, wine educator and blogger, is creating some splendid maps.
- Jane Dixon-Smith of JD Smith Design in Cumbria has created the design and is putting the layouts together.
- Most of all Brett Jones is holding me together so that I somehow keep going.
And of course, the stars of the book, all the vignerons, and people of the Jura and Franche-Comté have been answering my endless questions.
I have not reached the end of this journey yet, but my thanks nevertheless to all those mentioned above, especially for their help and encouragement that I know will once again be forthcoming over the next 6 weeks, with the last push to finish.
Your support please – encourage everyone to buy the book in advance
Your support for the Kickstarter campaign back in April was amazing, thank you again. I have visited the Jura at my own expense more than half a dozen times this year. Expenses, not surprisingly, have been higher than expected and books sold in advance will assist my cash flow, to help pay for the print run.
Keep your eyes out for many Jura wine tastings with me around the world next year – details as and when these are firmed up.
Meantime, may I wish you a lovely time with family and friends over the holiday period and all the very best for 2014.