Beyond Jefferson's Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia [NOOK Book]

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For 30 years, Thomas Jefferson grew grapes in his Monticello vineyards in hopes of producing fine wine --but to no avail. Today that has completely changed. Virginia wine now has a reputation as some of the best in America, with increasing sales and more wineries (nearly 200) welcoming an ever-larger number of visitors. Richard Leahy, a former editor for Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, has written the essential book on Virginia wine, covering its history, interviews with the state's top winemakers, ...

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Beyond Jefferson's Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia

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Overview


For 30 years, Thomas Jefferson grew grapes in his Monticello vineyards in hopes of producing fine wine --but to no avail. Today that has completely changed. Virginia wine now has a reputation as some of the best in America, with increasing sales and more wineries (nearly 200) welcoming an ever-larger number of visitors. Richard Leahy, a former editor for Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, has written the essential book on Virginia wine, covering its history, interviews with the state's top winemakers, and updates on the latest industry developments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402797750
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,173,142
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Leahy began writing about wine with a regular column in the Connection Newspaper Group in 1986, and In 1993 he began contributing to the Charlottesville Business Journal on the emerging Virginia wine business, as well as to Vineyard & Winery Management, where he was made East Coast Editor, a position he held for a decade. Under Bruce Cass and Jancis Robinson MW he was Mid-Atlantic and Southern Editor for the groundbreaking Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America (2000) and a regional editor for Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide (Sterling, 2008-09). He wrote the foreword to Virginia Wine From Grapes to Glass by Walker Elliott Rowe (2009, The History Press) and was featured by Todd Kliman in his book The Wild Vine (2010, Crown Publishing/Random House). He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers and was enrolled in the Master of Wine program for four years. He presented a seminar at the annual conference of the Society of Wine Educators in July 2010 on “Top Virginia Wines Today” and is a member of the Board of Directors of “Drink Local Wine.”

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Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Introduction x

RdV Vineyards, Delaplane 1

Tasting the 2010 Vintage: A Glimpse into the Future 9

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden 14

The Historic Roots of Virginia Wine 19

The Renaissance of a Fine American Wine Region 28

The Primacy of Viticulture and Blessings and Challenges of Nature 41

The Tidewater Region 54

Northern Virginia 73

Central Virginia and the Monticello AVA 108

Southern Virginia, the Blue Ridge Highlands, and the Shenandoah Valley 138

Richmond Roots for the Home Team 164

Virginia Women of the Vine 169

Paradigm Shift: Getting Respect from the American Wine Media 196

How the British Feel about Virginia Wine … and Why It Matters 207

New Developments and Another Glimpse into the Future 212

Acknowledgments 217

Additional Information 218

Index 223

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    As a Virginian, I am proud that our state is now coming into its

    As a Virginian, I am proud that our state is now coming into its own in terms of wine! Thank you Mr. Leahy for a wonderful read!

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