Wine Country Women of Napa Valley was written by Michelle Mandro with a forward by Amanda Harlan and the excellent photography contributed by Donna Kopol Bonick - three women who have strong connections to the valley and its lifestyle. A book of this topic could well be many times its thickness - however this book covers select women the author knows and has worked with who are making valuable contributions to Napa Valley. Profiles focus on … [Read more...]
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The latest edition (no 11) Explorers Guide Napa & Sonoma is a detailed look at some of the best restaurants, wineries and experiences that the wine country in this part of the state has to offer. Written by husband and wife Peg Melnik and Tim Fish. Both are accomplished wine writers: Peg writes for the local Santa Rosa based newspaper, the Press Democrat and Tim writes for the Wine Spectator. Not a huge book but it is richly endowed with … [Read more...]
While Napa is only about 25 to 35 miles long (depending on who you reference) and contains somewhere between 350 to 500 physical wineries (again depends on your source) - this tiny slice of the state is immensely rich in visually stunning landscapes, qualitity of wines, personalities, culinary excellence, premium accommodation, and diversity of experiences mostly centered around food and wine. From Napa with Love, written by Alexis Swanson … [Read more...]
Travelers and wine lovers get your hands on this book - forty of North America's greatest wine regions are highlighted focusing on the USA and to a lesser extent, Canada. From west coast USA and Canada to East Coast USA and a few locations in between - Lonely Planet's latest release of Wine Trails, United States & Canada offers a glimpse into these regions - highlighting select wineries and producers. Both larger established and newer wineries … [Read more...]
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...]
'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...]