Napa Stories: Profiles, Reflections, and Recipes from the Napa Valley by Michael Chiarello, Janet Kessel Fletcher
The story of Napa Valley winemaking is the story of its peopletheir triumphs and failures, their passion and commitment, and their ongoing struggle to produce world-class wines. In Michael Chiarello's stories and profiles, we meet the people who make the wine that gives the Napa Valley its singular reputation.
Napa Stories profiles some of the most prominent people in the valleyMondavi, Trefethen, and Duckhornas well as some essential Napa characters whose names rarely reach the public.
Napa's appeal goes far beyond its wine. More than 150 stunning photographs by acclaimed photographer Steven Rothfeld capture the visual splendor of this remarkable place and highlight its cultural and culinary contributions. These include images of Napa Valley celebrations featuring menus and recipes created by Chiarello to complement some of the winemakers' signature wines.
A California native and Napa resident for 15 years, Chiarello brings an insider's insightful and intimate perspective to the story of this legendary region. He has created the ultimate gift book for everyone who enjoys the pleasures of fine wine.
Author Biography: Michael Chiarello began apprenticing in restaurants at the age of fourteen. In 1985, just a few years after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine magazine.
Chiarello's successful Tra Vigne Cookbook: Seasons in the California Wine Country (Chronicle) was the basis for the television series Season by Season, which is broadcast every week on more than 170 PBS stations nationally. His NapaStyle line of distinctive foods is sold nationwide.