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American Wine

Over the past three decades, a wine revolution has been taking place across the United States. There are now more than 7,000 American wine producers--up from 440 in 1970--and the best bottles are every bit as good as the finest wines of Europe. American Wine is the first comprehensive and authoritative reference on the wines, wineries, and winemakers of America. Written by world-renowned wine author Jancis Robinson and U.S. wine expert Linda Murphy, this book is the natural companion to the international bestseller, The World Atlas of Wine. More than 200 breathtaking photographs, profiles of key personalities, and informational graphics bring to life the vitality of American wine culture and 54 detailed full-color maps locate key regions, wineries, and vineyards. Organized by geographical region, American Wine concentrates on areas such as California, Oregon, and Washington that produce the best-known wines, and ventures across the country to introduce gems such as racy Rieslings from Michigan and New York, Bordeaux-style wines from Virginia, bright-fruited Tempranillo from Texas and southern Oregon, and characterful Nortons from the Midwest.

Features:
  • Authors: Jancis Robinson & Linda Murphy
  • ISBN-13: 9780520273214
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 288

052027321
Price: $50.00
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Botanist and the Vintner

In the mid-1860s, grapevines in southeastern France inexplicably began to wither and die. Jules-Émile Planchon, a botanist from Montpellier, was sent to investigate. He discovered that the vine roots were covered in microscopic yellow insects. What they were and where they had come from was a mystery. The infestation advanced with the relentlessness of an invading army and within a few years had spread across Europe, from Portugal to the Crimea. The wine industry was on the brink of disaster. The French government offered a prize of three hundred thousand gold francs for a remedy. Planchon believed he had the answer and set out to prove it.

  • Author: Christy Campbell
  • Binding: Paper
  • Copyright: 2004
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books

156512528
Price: $14.95
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California Vines, Wines & Pioneers
Monahan, Sherry (Author)

Grab your glass and take to the wine trail with food genealogist Sherry Monahan as she traces the roots of California's Vines, Wines & Pioneers." While cowboys and early settlers were writing the oft-told history of the Wild West, California's wine pioneers were cultivating a delicious industry. The story begins when Franciscan missionaries planted the first grapes in Southern California in 1769. Almost a century later, news of gold drew thirsty prospectors and European immigrants to California's promise of wealth. From Old World vines sprang a robust and varied tradition of wine cultivation that overcame threats of pests and Prohibition to win global prestige. Journey with Monahan as she uncorks this vintage history and savors the stories of California's historic wineries and vineyards."


160949884
Price: $19.99
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Land and Wine: The French Terroir

For centuries, France has long been the world’s greatest wine-producing country. Its wines are the global gold standard, prized by collectors, and its winemaking regions each offer unique tasting experiences, from the spice of Bordeaux to the berry notes of the Loire Valley. Although grape variety, climate, and the skill of the winemaker are essential in making good wine, the foundation of a wine’s character is the soil in which its grapes are grown. Who could better guide us through the relationship between the French land and the wine than a geologist, someone who deeply understands the science behind the soil? Enter scientist Charles Frankel.

In Land and Wine, Frankel takes readers on a tour of the French winemaking regions to illustrate how the soil, underlying bedrock, relief, and microclimate shape the personality of a wine. The book’s twelve chapters each focus in depth on a different region, including the Loire Valley, Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne, Provence, the Rhône valley, and Bordeaux, to explore the full meaning of terroir. In this approachable guide, Frankel describes how Cabernet Franc takes on a completely different character depending on whether it is grown on gravel or limestone; how Sauvignon yields three different products in the hills of Sancerre when rooted in limestone, marl, or flint; how Pinot Noir will give radically different wines on a single hill in Burgundy as the vines progress upslope; and how the soil of each château in Bordeaux has a say in the blend ratios of Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon. Land and Wine provides a detailed understanding of the variety of French wine as well as a look at the geological history of France, complete with volcanic eruptions, a parade of dinosaurs, and a menagerie of evolution that has left its fossils flavoring the vineyards.

Both the uninitiated wine drinker and the confirmed oenophile will find much to savor in this fun guide that Frankel has spiked with anecdotes about winemakers and historic wine enthusiasts—revealing which kings, poets, and philosophers liked which wines best—while offering travel tips and itineraries for visiting the wineries today.

Product Details:
  • ISBN-13: 9780226014692
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 264

022601469
Price: $27.50
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Roots of the Present: Napa Valley 1900-1950
Paul Franson, The Napa Valley Register, 8-22-01 "The most interesting book to come along recently..." Carolyn Younger, St. Helena Star, 9-13-01 "The powerful and notorious were drawn (here), and very few have slipped past Weber's keen researcher's eye."

Author: Lin Weber Binding: Paperback Copyright: 2001 Edition: 1st Publisher: Wine Ventures Publishing

096670143
Price: $5.98
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The Wine Press and the Cellar

Born in Vermont in 1841, Bemmet Hawkins Rixford came to San Francisco in 1869 to practice law; his avocation soon became winemaking. Drawing on American and European sources, he read all he could find on the subject. His organization of this material became "The Wine Press and the Cellar, published in 1883. As Rixford notes in the preface, the book "is the result of research on the part of the author chiefly for his own benefit." In it, he hopes "that the beginner will always find a safe course pointed out to him...and that the experienced viniculturist will have brought to his mind many things forgotten."

  • Emmet Hawkins Rixford
  • Hardcover
  • Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

098163450
Price: $50.00
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Vineyard
Set in the Napa Valley at the turn of the century, this novel beautifully evokes the characters' love of the land and the rhythms of life lived close to the earth and its seasons. Spirited Alda Pendle is the daughter of a viticulturist who has taught her his craft. When he dies, leaving her without property, her skills make her indispensable to the solitary owner of one of the old vineyards in the valley. The novel provides a vivid history of winemaking in California to the Prohibition era.

"Not until now has any book captured the tang of the rain-blown eucalyptus, the curve of the tawny hills, the furious salty smell of the bay marshes. . . . The Vineyard is undoubtedly a regional novel, because it is about a region which could as easily be Burgundy or the Rhone as Napa Valley, but it is a rare one because it makes the people who live in that region not only alive in themselves but a true part of the soil they live on. It is in a completely simple and real way a long song, and it is as heartening as wine to read."--M.F.K. Fisher, Books

Author: Idwal Jones Binding: Paperback Copyright: 1997 Edition: 1st Publisher: University of California Press

052021090
Price: $18.95
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Viticulture and Brewing in the Ancient Orient
Henry Lutz (Author)

Henry Frederick Lutz was Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology and Associate Curator of the Anthropological Museum at the University of California, Berkeley. Best known for his scholarly works on the ancient Near East, Lutz's 1922 volume aimed at a wider audience with a more accessible account of the history of viticulture and brewing in the Ancient Near East. Lutz uses translations of Egyptian hieroglyphs, interpretations of tomb drawings and statuary, as well as Hebrew and Arabic texts, to add to our knowledge of the making of alcoholic beverages in the ancient Near East and to elucidate the drinking customs of these cultures.

Pub. Date: January 2008 Publisher: Applewood Books Format: Paperback, 180pp
142901042

Price: $13.95
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Wine and War
The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

"To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine." –Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

Author: Don & Petie Kladstrup Binding: Paperback Copyright: 2002 Edition: 1st Publisher: Random House

076790448
Price: $15.00
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Wine in the Bible

Wine was an inseparable part of the ancient Israeli diet. Its production was so important that farmers with active vineyards were exempt from military service. In the Bible, only water and bread are mentioned as often. In Wine in the Bible, Jabier Marquinez gives readers unique insight into wine's inextricable place in the lives of ancient Israelites with direct references form the Old and New Testaments, which relay such intricate details as:

  • Specific vineyard practices from grafting and pruning to watering and fertilizing.
  • Ethical labor agreements with foreign vineyard workers.
  • Vineyard pests and proper abatement techniques.
  • Harvesting, blending and storage procedures.
  • Ancient winery technology.
  • The use of wine as medicine and dyes.
  • What the ancient's considered "moderate" wine consumption.
  • And much more.

Wine in the Bible is a fascinating examination of the daily lives, at work and leisure, of Biblical-era winemakers, and wine drinkers.


193587983
Price: $9.98
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Wine: A Cultural History
Varriano, John (Author)

From celebrations of Bacchus in ancient Rome to the Last Supper and casual dinner parties, wine has long been a key component of festivities, ceremonies, and celebrations. Made by almost every civilization throughout history, in every part of the world, wine has been used in religious ceremonies, inspired artists and writers, been employed as a healing medicine, and, most often, sipped as way to relax with a gathering of friends. Yet, like all other forms of alcohol, wine has also had its critics, who condemn it for the drunkenness and bad behavior that arise with its overconsumption. Wine can render you tongue-tied or philosophical; it can heal wounds or damage health; it can bring society together or rend it. In this fascinating cultural history of wine, John Varriano takes us on a tour of wine's lively story, revealing the polarizing effect wine has had on society and culture through the ages. From its origins in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the expanding contemporary industries in Australia, New Zealand, and America, Varriano examines how wine is made and how it has been used in rituals, revelries, and remedies throughout history. In addition, he investigates the history of wine's transformative effects on body and soul in art, literature, and science from the mosaics of ancient Rome to the poetry of Dickinson and Neruda and the paintings of Caravaggio and Manet. A spirited exploration, this book will delight lovers of sauvignon blanc or pinot noir, as well as those who are interested in the rich history of human creativity and consumption.

ISBN: 1861897901 EAN: 9781861897909 Publisher: Reaktion Books Binding: Paperback Pub Date: February 15, 2011
186189790

Price: $29.00
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