American Winescapes: The Cultural Landscapes of America's Wine Country

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Westview Press, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 230 pages
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Winescapes are unique agricultural landscapes that are shaped by the presence of vineyards, wine-making activities, and the wineries where wines are produced and stored. Where viticulture is successful it transforms the local landscape into a combination of agriculture, industry, and tourism. This book demystifies viticulture in a way that helps the reader understand the environmental and economic conditions necessary in the art and practice of wine making.Distinctive characteristics of the book include a detailed discussion of more than thirty grape cultivars, an overview of wine regions around the country, and a survey of wine publications and festivals. Gary Peters discusses the major environmental conditions affecting viticulture, especially weather and climate, and outlines the special problems the industry faces from lack of capital, competition, and changing public tastes.

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Peters (geography, California State Univ., Long Beach) presents the usual information about varieties of grapes and grapevines and the ideal climate for growing grapes, but he does so in a most ... Read full review


Major Cultivars in American Vineyards Today
American Environments for Wine Grapes
American Wine Making Comes of
Geography and Agricultural Landscapes
Seasons Ceremonies and WineJudging Events
The Viticultural Area as a Working Landscape
Communicating About Grapes and Wines
Americas Viticultural Future
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Page 115 - GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.
Page 75 - Grapes are adapted to a wide range of soil types. True, one finds a decided preference for certain soil types in nearly every grape-growing district. Nevertheless, when all soils used for growing the various kinds of grapes in the many different grape-producing regions of the world are compared, one finds that they range from gravelly sands to heavy clays, from shallow to very deep, and from low to high fertility. One should avoid heavy clays, very shallow soils, poorly drained soils, and those that...
Page 166 - ... landscapes whose function and look, or character, or feel, have been shaped over time by sequential, ongoing human activities as much as by natural processes.
Page 2 - Wine has been with us since the beginning of civilization. It is the temperate, civilized, sacred, romantic, mealtime beverage recommended in the Bible. Wine has been praised for centuries by statesmen, philosophers, poets, and scholars. Wine in moderation is an integral part of our culture, heritage and the gracious way of life.
Page 125 - Heroic Materialism Imagine an immensely speeded up movie of Manhattan Island during the last hundred years. It would look less like a work of man than like some tremendous natural upheaval. It's godless, it's brutal, it's violent - but one can't laugh it off, because in the energy, strength of will and mental grasp that have gone to make New York, materialism has transcended itself. Dorothy Wordsworth said about the view of London from Westminster Bridge that 'it was like one of Nature's own grand...
Page 13 - Thucydides, for example, suggested that "the peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt to cultivate the olive and the vine
Page 204 - The fact is that the people of the Mediterranean figured out a long time ago — back, if truth be told, in the mists of time — that good food, skillfully prepared, garnished with little more than fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and shared in something approaching abundance around a table with friends and relations, is not only good tasting; it's good for you too.
Page 75 - ... structure and drainage may be more important to grapes and wine than specific soil types. The two primary inputs which cause grapevines to grow and produce fruit are sunlight and water: in purely mechanical terms the function of soil is to provide anchorage (first), water (second) and nutrients (third). All scientific attempts to show a specific translocation of minerals or other substances from the soil, which then impact directly on the flavour of the grape (or the wine), have failed.

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Gary L. Peters, a professional geographer for twenty-five years, is the author of The Wines and Vines of California. He lives and teaches in Long Beach, California.

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