Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho

Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho

by Cole Danehower
     
 

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Superbly balanced pinot noirs; crisp rieslings; rich, heady syrahs: these are only a fraction of the expertly crafted wines being produced in the Pacific Northwest's diverse and distinctive wine countries. Second only to California in production, the Pacific Northwest is the largest wine region in North America, home to more than 1,000 wineries. What was once a young

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Superbly balanced pinot noirs; crisp rieslings; rich, heady syrahs: these are only a fraction of the expertly crafted wines being produced in the Pacific Northwest's diverse and distinctive wine countries. Second only to California in production, the Pacific Northwest is the largest wine region in North America, home to more than 1,000 wineries. What was once a young wine-growing area with a reputation for eccentricity is today recognized as a dynamic region producing world-class wines, with a focus on ecologically sound practices.

This definitive volume profiles the wines, the people who make them, and the wine countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. The journey begins with the region's climates and geology, which create a fascinating tapestry of wine-growing areas. Next, the book focuses on the unique qualities of each wine region, with profiles of more than 160 representative wineries to visit. Included are legacy wineries that helped to build the region’s reputation, prestige wineries with a national presence, under-the-radar artisan wineries that embody the pioneering spirit of the Northwest, and promising new wineries. Each profile lists the winery's signature, premium, value, and estate wines.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs and helpful maps, this in-depth guide is a milestone in the North American literature on wine. It will enable wine lovers everywhere to plan their touring, select their wines, and explore and discover the riches of the Northwest's wine country.

Editorial Reviews

Oregon Wine Press
"This is a book to savor...a book wine writers, wine drinkers and Northwest wine lovers will turn to again and again — a testament to a young but exciting, exploratory and established wine region that has found a place on the world’s wine stage."

New York Times Diner's Journal
"This is a book to savor...a book wine writers, wine drinkers and Northwest wine lovers will turn to again and again — a testament to a young but exciting, exploratory and established wine region that has found a place on the world’s wine stage."

Crosscut.com
"Offer[s] much in the way of practical information."
Northwest Stir
“A useful addition to a wine lover's library.”
SipWithMe.com
"Read this book and you’ll get a schooling, and not just in Pacific Northwest wines."
Sommelier Journal
"Offers a wealth of information for both the wine novice and the avid connoisseur, in a very easy to digest format. The book is technical and sophisticated enough for the wine savvy, while interesting and engaging even for the neophyte."
Tri-City Herald
"Helps both industry newcomers and veterans explore new wines and new ways of succeeding in the restaurant wine business."
Oregonlive.com
"A beautiful overview of Northwest wine country."
SciTech Book News
“A travelogue of...the region's representative wineries, [Danehower] touches on topics such as why wine grapes are superior to table varieties for wine-making purposes, climatic effects on grapes, stylistic differences in Northwest wines and key wine-making terms. A virtual operator's manual for Northwest winemaking.”

From the Publisher
“The perfect wine-tasting tour guide.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692594
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
308
File size:
21 MB
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Meet the Author

Cole Danehower has been a leading regional wine journalist for more than a decade, reporting on the wines, winemakers, and wine countries of the Pacific Northwest. A winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, he is also copublisher of Northwest Palate and author of that magazine’s popular “Inside Northwest Wine” column. His wine writing has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Register Guard, and Wines & Vines. A frequent judge for the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, the Oregon Wine Competition, the Portland Indie Wine Festival, and numerous regional wine competitions, he is also a popular speaker on the region’s wines.

Award-winning freelance photographer Andrea Johnson specializes in the imagery of wine, food, travel, and adventure sport. With work appearing regularly in such publications such as National Geographic, Wine Spectator, Sunset, and VIA, she was also co-photographer of the book Passion for Pinot.

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