The Winemaker's Hand: Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir [NOOK Book]

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In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile,...

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The Winemaker's Hand: Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir

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Overview

In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and aromas.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Gutenstein
A unique book. I learned from the interviews why certain wines are my favorites and constantly stand out from all others.
Anthony Verdoni
For those who are serious about understanding the essence of fine wine, The Winemaker's Hand is a must. Through this book wine lovers can travel, at least vicariously, to important wine regions and experience the dedication and passion of vintners. Special wines come from special places. And special wines are made by special people. This book is special, too — worthy of its subject and deserving of your attention. Savor it as you would the wines of the talented enologists who inspire its story.
Michaela Rodeno
These interviews with winemakers from all over the world present an irresistible opportunity for other winemakers, students of winemaking and wine lovers in general to get inside their heads. The author has these fascinating people talking informally about their diverse paths to winemaking, and what influences their winemaking decisions and preferences. This is an insider's look at a life that many would envy.
Jack Daniels
Natalie's in-depth research and interviews with top winemakers from all over the world are compelling and authoritative. The dialogue with each winemaker is an intimate look at the individual nature of winemaking along with the artistry and passion it takes to create world-class wines
Armand Gilinsky
Few if any wine writers have devoted as much time and care as Berkowitz to the disparate paths to evolution of the winemaker's emotional intelligence that result in memorable wines from around the world.
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Meet the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the wine blog Winealicious and formerly taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionTracing the Historic Wine TrailConversations with WinemakersThe United States California Napa Valley • Joel Burt — Domaine Chandon • Cathy Corison — Corison Winery • Bill Dyer — Dyer Vineyard • Dawnine Dyer — Dyer Vineyard • Miljenko "Mike" Grgich — Grgich Hills Estate and Croatia • Chris Phelps — Swanson Vineyards and Ad Vivum • Michael Scholz — St. Supéry Winery • Spring Mountain District • Stuart Smith — Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery • David Stevens — Consultant • Tom Tiburzi — Domaine Chandon • Ernie Weir — Hagafen Cellars • John Williams — Frog's Leap Winery Los Carneros • Armand Ceja — Ceja Vineyards • Stéphane Vivier — HdV Winery and Vivier Wines Mendocino • John Chiarito — Chiarito Vineyard Sonoma • Guy Davis — Davis Family Vineyards New York State Finger Lakes • Peter B. Saltonstall — King Ferry Winery and Treleaven Wines Long Island • Joe Macari Jr. — Macari Vineyard • Kelly Urbanik — Macari Vineyard North Carolina • Sharon Fenchak — Biltmore Estate Oregon • Sheila Nicholas — Anam Cara CellarsChile Casablanca Valley • Grant Phelps — Casas del BosqueEngland • Cherie Spriggs — Nyetimber VineyardFrance Bordeaux • Margaux • Philippe Delfaut — Château Kirwin • Alexander van Beek — Châteaux du Tertre and Giscours — and Caiarossa Graves • Olivier Bernard — Domaine de Chevalier Sauternes • Xavier Planty — Château Guirard Burgundy • Etienne de MontilleItaly Friuli • Giovanni Dri — Il Roncat Lombardy • Andrea Peri — Peri Bigogno Winery Sicily • Alessio Planeta — Planeta Winery and Vineyards Soave • Giovanni Ponchia — Consorzio Tutela Tuscany • Sergio Gargari — Pieve de' Pitti • Filippo Rocchi — Castelvecchio Veneto • Cristian Ridolfi — Casa Vinicola BertaniPortugal Duoro • Casimiro Alves — Vercoope Cooperative • Domingos Soares Franco — José Maria Da FonsecaSpain Rioja • Pedro Benito Saez — Bodegas Urbina de Crianza • Oscar Montaña Porres — Marques de Tomares WineriesGermany Mosel • Raimund Prüm — S.A. PrümGreece Santorini • Yiannis Paraskevopoulos — Gaia WinesSlovenia • Jurij Brumec — SanctumIsrael Golan Heights • Micha Vaadia — Galil Mountain WineryConclusionThe Aroma WheelGlossary of Wine TermsGlossary of Wine Varietals

Columbia University Press

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