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Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley
     

Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley

by George Gmelch, Sharon Bohn Gmelch
 

ISBN-10: 025335644X

ISBN-13: 9780253356444

Pub. Date: 06/09/2011

Publisher: Indiana University Press

While anthropologists often have been accused of failing to "study up," this book turns an anthropological lens on an elite activity – wine tasting. Five million people a year, from the US and abroad, travel to California's Napa Valley to experience the "good life": to taste fine wines, eat fine food, and immerse themselves in other sophisticated

Overview

While anthropologists often have been accused of failing to "study up," this book turns an anthropological lens on an elite activity – wine tasting. Five million people a year, from the US and abroad, travel to California's Napa Valley to experience the "good life": to taste fine wines, eat fine food, and immerse themselves in other sophisticated pleasures while surrounded by bucolic beauty.

Written in a highly readable style by anthropologists George and Sharon Gmelch, Tasting the Good Life examines who wine tourists are and what the "tasting" experience is all about. It also examines the growth of wine tourism in the valley and the impact it is having on the landscape and the lives of the people who live there. In addition to the authors’ own analysis, they present the personal narratives of 17 people who work in Napa tourism — from winemaker to vineyard manager, from celebrity chef to wait staff, from hot air balloonist to masseuse. Their stories provide unexpected and entertaining insights into this new form of tourism, the people who engage in it, its impact on a now iconic place, and American consumer culture in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253356444
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/09/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Tasting the Good Life
1. The Napa Valley--a Brief History
2. The Tourism of Taste
3. Consuming Place: Napa's Culinary Terroir
4. From Vine to Wine
Vineyard Foreman: Juan Martinez
Vineyard Manager: Jim Lincoln
Winemaker: Pam Starr
5. Touring and Tasting
Wine Educator: Ellen Flora
Tasting Room Consultant: Craig Root
Tasting Room Server: Jim McCullough
Salonnier: Shawn LaRue
Wine Tour Guide: Don Partier
6. Food and Fine Dining
The French Laundry: Thomas Keller
The Front of the House: Salvador Aguilara and Josefina Gonzales
Napa Valley Cooking School: Barbara Alexander
From Back to Front of the House: Edgar Bonilla
7. Napa's Other Pleasures
Wine Train: Melodie Hilton
Massage: Claude Smith
Hot Air Ballooning: Joyce Bowen
Bike Tours: Brad Dropping
Art Gallery: Paul Thoren
8. Tourism, Quality of Life, and the Future of Napa
Acknowledgments
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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