In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 13, 2009 - Cooking - 320 pages
From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Judgment of Paris and To Cork or Not To Cork comes a delightful, entertaining, and informative exploration of the thriving world of wine tourism.

George M. Taber set out on the wine lover's ultimate dream: a journey to the twelve most beautiful and fascinating wine-producing regions around the globe. In Search of Bacchus chronicles that experience: the gorgeous landscapes, conversations with winemakers, unforgettable meals, must-do activities, and of course, the taste of the wines. Here he offers suggestions for travelers, commentary on trends in the wine world, charming anecdotes, and recommendations of vintages available in the United States, so that oenophiles at home can live vicariously through his travels.

From the Napa Valley, where the art of wine tourism was perfected, to the deserts of Argentina, to a thousand-year-old monastery in Tuscany, to the famed châteaux of Bordeaux, Taber discusses the history, architecture, and culture of each destination in fascinating detail. He provides insight into the latest in the technology, politics, and business of wine, and uncovers a host of interesting characters who are major figures in their local wine worlds, including a Chilean arms merchant, a German-born Polish refugee living in South Africa, the dynamic woman who started the Wine Tourism Movement in Italy, and many more. Taber blends his own wine in Portugal, bungy jumps in New Zealand, and goes on a safari in South Africa, all in the attempt to quench his thirst for fine wine and adventure.

An accessible blend of wine lore and travel memoir, In Search of Bacchus is another engaging, immersive read from George M. Taber, sure to satisfy wine lovers everywhere.

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Award-winning wine writer Taber (To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle, 2007, etc.) explores wineries around the world and assesses the development ... Read full review

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The important word in the subtitle here is wonderful because it so aptly describes these major wine-producing centers, among them Napa Valley, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, and New Zealand. Taber ... Read full review


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A Moveable Feast
Bagging Both the Big Five and Fine Wine
An Asado in the Desert
A Trip on the Tren del Vino
Black Tie in the Bush
Adventure at the Kawarau Bridge
Walking with the Elephants
Blending My Own Wine

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George M. Taber is the author of Judgment of Paris, the 2006 wine book of the year for Britain's Decanter magazine. His second book, To Cork or Not to Cork, won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and was a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for best book on wine and spirits and the Andre Simon Award for best wine book. Before turning to writing wine books, Taber was a reporter and editor for Time.

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