A Companion to California Wine: An Encyclopedia of Wine and Winemaking from the Mission Period to the Present (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Sep 1, 1998 - Cooking - 439 pages
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California is the nation's great vineyard, supplying grapes for most of the wine produced in the United States. The state is home to more than 700 wineries, and California's premier wines are recognized throughout the world. But until now there has been no comprehensive guide to California wine and winemaking. Charles L. Sullivan's "A Companion to California Wine" admirably fills that gap here is "the" reference work for consumers, wine writers, producers, and scholars. Sullivan's encyclopedic handbook traces the Golden State's wine industry from its mission period and Gold Rush origins down to last year's planting and vintage statistics. All aspects of wine are included, and wine production from vine propagation to bottling is described in straightforward language. There are entries for some 750 wineries, both historical and contemporary; for more than 100 wine grape varieties, from Aleatico to Zinfandel; and for wine types from claret to vermouth all given in a historical context. In the book's foreword the doyen of wine writers, Hugh Johnson, tells of his own forty-year appreciation of California wine and its history. "Charles Sullivan's "Companion,"" he adds, "will provide the grist for debate, speculation, and reminiscence from now on. With admirable dispassion he sets before us just what has happened in the plot so far."
  

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Contents

A COMPANION TO CALIFORNIA WINE
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Further Reading
407
Index
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About the author (1998)

Twenty-five years ago Leon Adams, the dean of California wine writers, named Charles L. Sullivan "the modern historian of wine in California." Among Sullivan's books are "A Companion to California Wine: An Encyclopedia of Wine and Winemaking from the Mission Period to the Present "(California, 1998) and "Napa Wine: A History from Mission Days to the Present "(1994).

Hugh Johnson, widely regarded as the world's foremost wine writer, is known to millions through his internationally best-selling wine books, including his annual "Pocket Wine Book, The World Atlas of Wine, Wine, The Story of Wine, " and "How to Enjoy Your Wine." A highly respected editor and broadcaster, Johnson has been president of the "Sunday Times" Wine Club since 1973 and of the Circle of Wine Writers since 1997. He has appeared in several television series. Johnson was the first wine editor of "Vogue "and is an editorial advisor to "The World of Fine Wine." Johnson, who is also passionate about gardening and trees, is author of "The International Book of Trees "and "Principles of Gardening: The Practice of the Gardener s Art." For thirty years, he has written the monthly Tradescant s Diary column for "The Garden "magazine.

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