Thomas Maxwell-Long is the author of Sonoma County Wineries, a Sonoma State University graduate in history, former Napa resident, and history Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside. He has culled these photographs from the Napa Wine Library and from the archives of the wineries.
Napa County Wineries, California (Images of America Series)by Thomas Maxwell-Long
Situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in the state, the Napa Valley Wine Country is home to many of California's premiere wineries. As the Native California population of the area declined, more and more of the land was transformed into an agricultural community, with viticulture quickly winning out. One of the unique features that has been defining
Situated in one of the most beautiful valleys in the state, the Napa Valley Wine Country is home to many of California's premiere wineries. As the Native California population of the area declined, more and more of the land was transformed into an agricultural community, with viticulture quickly winning out. One of the unique features that has been defining California's wine history from the earliest days of its Spanish heritage has been both the variation of the vintages and the vintners. One need only to read the names of these visionaries and wineries to gain a sense of the diversity: Beringer, Far Niente, Beaulieu, Charles Krug, and Inglenook. The picturesque setting of the roaming vineyards, along with the attractive quality of the estates and tasting rooms, has made the Napa Valley wineries one of the most popular and fast-growing tourist destinations in the state of California. In this new book, America's most celebrated wine-producing region is presented for visitors and wine connoisseurs alike, using over 200 vintage images to showcase the area's heritage, Golden Age, and incredible expansion. Alongside these photographs are collages of the famous wine labels and illustrated maps.
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This is the best history book ever on the Napa wineries. It not only has the current wineries, but also the ones that have vanished over the years. One of the other features that makes it original is the chapter on the school of viticulture at UC Davis. For anyone interested in wine and Napa county, this is a must.
This is the best pictorial books on Napa Wineries that I have bought. I have been collecting winemaking books, and books on California wineries for over a decade, and I was pleasantly surprised by this work. The author has an interesting approach, which is grounded in the history of the Napa wineries and a bit on the county itself. This book can also be used as a guide for those visiting the Napa Valley, and should be very interesting for the residents as well.