Wines of California

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California wines are recognized as being among the world’s finest—and this guide explains just what makes them so distinctive: a combination of climate, soil, tradition, and innovation. Stephen Brook examines each major region; shows how certain viticultural and wine-making practices are specific to California; and looks at how the principal grape varieties are handled stylistically in different parts of the state. Far from being a dry reference work, this is studded with the vibrant personalities who keep ...

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Overview

California wines are recognized as being among the world’s finest—and this guide explains just what makes them so distinctive: a combination of climate, soil, tradition, and innovation. Stephen Brook examines each major region; shows how certain viticultural and wine-making practices are specific to California; and looks at how the principal grape varieties are handled stylistically in different parts of the state. Far from being a dry reference work, this is studded with the vibrant personalities who keep California wines at the forefront of top-quality wine production. Some of the special features include detailed lists of single vineyards—now receiving greater attention from wine-makers—and a gazetteer that features over 630 different wineries, pointing to the best and most interesting wines from each one.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781840003932
  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Mitchell Beazley Wine Guides
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1 From the Beginning 1
2 Acres and Appellations: The Rules of the Game 32
The Wine Regions
3 Napa 41
4 Sonoma 62
5 Carneros 82
6 Mendocino and Lake Counties 90
7 Around the Bay 104
8 Monterey 117
9 San Luis Obispo County 130
10 Santa Barbara and the South Coast 140
11 The Sierra Foothills and the Central Valley 151
Grapes and Wines
12 Growing the Grapes 171
13 Making the Wine 206
14 The Bordeaux Red Varieties 225
15 Zinfandel 240
16 Pinot Noir 254
17 Other Red Varieties 266
18 Chardonnay 288
19 Sauvignon Blanc 299
20 Other White Varieties 308
21 Wine Styles: Rose, Meritage, Sparkling, Sweet and Fortified Wines, Kosher Wines 326
Gazetteer
22 Napa Valley I 345
23 Napa Valley II 377
24 Sonoma I 443
25 Sonoma II 464
26 Carneros 503
27 Mendocino and Lake Counties 512
28 Around the Bay 528
29 Monterey 549
30 San Luis Obispo County 564
31 Santa Barbara and the South Coast 580
32 The Sierra Foothills and Central Valley 600
33 Negociant Wineries 618
34 The Century to Come 636
Appendixes
1 Vintages 645
2 Brix, Baume and Alcohol 661
Bibliography 662
Index 664
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