Untrodden Grapes

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Cooking - 246 pages
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From Chile to California, South Africa to Alsace, Ralph Steadman has seen the best of the world's wine-producing regions. On a search for the unique and original, he meets Aurelio Montes, the Chilean winemaker who planted syrah vines on a rocky, south-facing hill in order to "steal the wild complexity of the mountain's soul." In Spain, he learns of the white chalky soil called albariza that produces the sherry of the Jerez region. In California, the author describes crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, driving up into Marin County, and meeting enthusiastic winemakers whose vineyards sit precariously on the San Andreas fault. As the journey continues on through Burgundy, Champagne, and Sicily, Steadman brings the landscape and its people to life with pictures and prose.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
ix
CHILE
xiv
SPAIN
6
CALIFORNIA
34
BOGGSCHAFFT
56
CHAMPAGNE IMPRESSION
61
GASCONY
79
WINE DOGS OF THE WORLD
90
WINE LABELS
127
WINE MAKING
138
SICILY
146
BURGUNDY
178
LANGUEDOCROUSSILLON
198
ALSACE
217
WINE SUITE
233
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
245

SOUTH AFRICA
98

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About the author (2005)

RALPH STEADMAN has illustrated many books, including Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the fiftieth-anniversary edition of George Orwell’s Animal Farm . He is the author of The Grapes of Ralph (for which he won a Glenfiddich Food & Drink Award), Still Life with Bottle, The Book of Jones , and Gonzo: The Art .

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