American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wine Producers of the USA

American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wine Producers of the USA

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By (author) Jancis Robinson, By (author) Linda Murphy

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  • Publisher: MITCHELL BEAZLEY
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 239mm x 296mm x 27mm | 1,596g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845335287
  • ISBN 13: 9781845335281
  • Illustrations note: 200 photographs & 54 full-colour maps
  • Sales rank: 525,007

Product description

American Wine is the first comprehensive and authoritative reference to the wines, wineries, and winemakers of the USA. Written by world-renowned wine writer Jancis Robinson and US wine expert Linda Murphy, it charts the history of wine in America. From the cachet of California to the underdog accomplishments of Michigan and Colorado, the story of American wine has only begun to be told. It charts how America fell in love with wine. From wine production's beginnings in the bathtubs and backyards of recent immigrants to the superb wines the country is producing today, American Wine celebrates all that is truly American about the grape. It looks in unprecedented detail and breadth at the current state of American wine production, its wine regions, terroirs, wineries, vineyards and the larger-than-life characters that populate the American wine scene.The book is organized by geographical regions - West, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. Some states have only a handful of wineries, while others have hundreds or more. Weighted toward the regions that produce the finest wines, it also includes wineries from Hawaii to Florida, Temecula to Maine. American Wine is a major milestone in its story.

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Jancis Robinson MW is internationally renowned for her witty, authoritative wine writing and her books The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine are among the most important in wine literature. She is acclaimed as 'awesomely intelligent' (Guardian) and 'a writer of breathtaking clarity' (The Spectator). With www.JancisRobinson.com (subscribers in nearly 100 countries) and her flock of Twitter followers, she is something of an online pioneer as a wine communicator. She makes frequent visits to the USA to stay ahead of the crowd and, in the early 1980s, was the first British journalist to take a serious interest in American wine.Linda Murphy is a journalist-turned-wine-writer, based in California. She is the former wine section editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won two James Beard Awards, and was the managing editor of the New York Times' Wine Today.com. She contributes to www.JancisRobinson.com, Decanter magazine, and several other publications, and judges wine competitions through the USA. Based in Sonoma, she continually travels around the USA to taste the ever-widening range of American wines and meet their makers.

Table of contents

Foreword Introduction Evolution of American wine American grape varieties Terroir/AVAs/regions US wine labeling Distribution/sales/marketing Viticultural advances Winemaking advances Issues/trends, including Great Under-the-Radar American Wines THE WEST California Lake County Mendocino County Sonoma County Alexander Valley/Chalk Hill/Knights Valley Dry Creek Valley/Rockpile Russian River Valley/Green Valley Sonoma Coast Sonoma Mountain/Bennett Valley/Sonoma Valley Los Carneros Napa Valley Yountville/Mount Veeder Stags Leap/Atlas Peak Oakville Rutherford St. Helena Spring Mountain Diamond Mountain/Calistoga Howell Mountain/Chiles Valley Bay Area Marin County/Petaluma Gap San Francisco Bay/Livermore Santa Cruz Mountains/Santa Clara Monterey County Monterey AVA Santa Lucia Highlands San Benito and Mt. Harlan Paso Robles/Edna Valley/Arroyo Grande Santa Barbara County Santa Maria Valley Santa Ynez Valley Sta. Rita Hills SOUTH COAST LA/Orange/San Diego Co. Temecula/Riverside Co. Sierra Foothills El Dorado County Amador/Calaveras Central Valley San Joaquin/Sacramento Valley Lodi/Delta Oregon Willamette Valley Umpqua Valley/Rogue/Southern Oregon Washington Puget Sound Columbia Gorge Columbia Valley Yakima Valley Horse Heaven Hills Red Mountain Wahluke Slope Walla Walla Valley Idaho Colorado Other Mountain States (Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana) Off-Continent (Alaska, Hawaii) THE SOUTHWEST Arizona/NewMexico Texas/Oklahoma Central/Hill Country High Plains/Oklahoma THE MIDWEST Missouri Michigan Ohio/Illinois/Indiana/Iowa/Kansas/Nebraska/Minnesota/Wisconsin The Dakotas THE NORTHEAST New York Finger Lakes Long Island Hudson River Lake Erie/Niagra Escarpment Pennsylvania New Jersey/Maryland/Delaware Connecticut/Rhode Island/Massachusetts/Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire THE SOUTHEAST Virginia West Virginia/Kentucky/North Carolina/South Carolina Georgia/Florida/Alabama/Arkansas/Mississippi/Louisiana/Tennessee Glossary Index Credits/Acknowledgements