There is plenty of keep the one absorbed from start to finish in Jennifer M. Fraser's exciting book, Crush, A Wine Thriller. The story features Paige Munroe, normally an investigative journalist often covering war stories. In this book her investigative role is initially reduced to ease her back into the 'world' after recovering from a war time injury. Assigned to cover and promote select wineries in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, … [Read more...]
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'Do not buy this book'! It will change the way you look at the wine industry and will certainly make collectors of high end wines think twice about their purchases. Author Dinkelspiel has created a mesmerizing look at greed, deception and crime throughout California's storied wine history. Central to the story is Mark Anderson, a wine aficionado whose nefarious activities in the wine world culiminate when he sets fire in 2005 to a wine … [Read more...]
52 perfect wine weekends await ... brought to life by Wine Trails, a hard-cover Lonely Planet published guide to 327 wineries spread throughout 20 countries. From France to the United States, this book covers the best of the old world with the new world. Coverage provided for each region is refreshingly not overwhelming - a short introduction is listed followed by a handful of recommended wineries (often both small and larger). The coverage … [Read more...]
Wine Folly, the Essential Guide to Wine covers a wide range of wine topics with the core of the book being a varietal breakdown - categorized by wine styles. Each varietal is listed with various visual and verbal descriptions - including possible flavors, dominant flavors, where it commonly is grown and the style of how it is usually made. This book will make a timely gift for the holidays especially for someone fairly new to wine. When it … [Read more...]
This is Dr. Richard Peterson's first book - and you wonder why it took him so long to write a book - until you finish it. Then you will understand perfectly. Throughout his career he has done everything but sit idle. If one grows up with a connection and appreciation of the land, one keeps that throughout his entire life. Dick's upbringing was during the Great American Depression outside of Des Moines, Iowa. From the outside, his family was … [Read more...]
Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean Join wine writer Natalie MacLean's wine and travel world as she jets from one continent to another, from one wine region to the next exploring her passion for wine and highlighting some of the best values out there. Her style of writing is engaging, lively, and informative to the wine novice and educated consumer alike. She meets with owners and winemakers and explores the "stories" behind the wine. The book … [Read more...]
Moveable Thirst by Rick Kushman and Hank Beal Join the authors as they spend time in the Napa Valley between bud break and harvest visiting every open to the public by walk-in tasting room (141 of these at the time of their project) in the valley. Insightful and often humorous commentary accompanies each one of their winery reviews. One of the authors is a "newbie" and one is the "expert". Learn about wine, the people in the industry and … [Read more...]
Lonely Planet Napa & Sonoma by Alison Bing Based on our large project in Napa (The Napa Wine Project) we try to review as many related books as possible. Recently this one came across our desk. Napa & Sonoma Encounter is a mini guide featuring the best of the Sonoma and Napa wine regions. Locations are organized by individual valleys each of which is a prominent wine producing region in its own right. This is the perfect guide for those new … [Read more...]
Moon Napa Valley by Philip Goldsmith For those specifically focusing on visiting the world famous wine growing region of the Napa Valley, Moon Handbooks features the "Napa Valley" spotlight. This book is essentially contained within their much more exhaustive in focus, "Northern California Wine Country" (see below) but the advantages of this book are price and its much smaller size. This is a very good introduction guide to the Napa Valley with … [Read more...]
"Amicis Winery Guides: Dream Tours of Napa & Sonoma by Ralph Amicis is being hailed as the best winery guide book in the region. Don't set out to visit your favorite wineries, or to discover new ones without it! More than just a survey book, or a daytrip guide, 'Dream Tours' includes valuable guidance about enjoying the tasting room experience, easy to use mapped tours for both counties, a comprehensive winery directory, plus restaurants and … [Read more...]