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A Wine Journey Along the Russian River

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Publisher Comments:

Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening tour of one of Californiaand#8217;s most diverse and accomplished wine areas as he travels along the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet country of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir producers of the Sonoma coast. This first comprehensive look at the natural history and winemaking practices of the region by one of Americaand#8217;s most respected wine critics brings the Russian into the exalted company of the great wine rivers of the worldand#151;the Loire, the Rhand#244;ne, the Rhine, the Mosel, and the Douro. Part wine guidebook, part history and geology, and part travelogue of the author's adventures in wine country, A Wine Journey along the Russian River is essential reading for wine loversand#151;both those fortunate enough to be familiar with the region and those who have never been there.

Heimoff guides readers along the length of the scenic river, from its warm, northern border with Mendocino out to foggy Jenner. He discusses the history and progress of Alexander Valley Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley and Sonoma coast Pinot Noir, Sonoma County's Rhand#244;ne-oriented wines, old-style field blends, and other interesting wines. In the process, he introduces readers to many of the growers and vintners who have made Sonoma County famous: Dick Arrowood, the Rochiolis, the Seghesios, Tom Jordon, Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem, Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson, Merry Edwards, and many others. Describing how the river's formation and evolution, both products of the planet's fiery tectonic past, as well as the region's complex climate, have created the potential for unparalleled viticultural enclaves, and recounting how a variety of people realized that potential, Heimoff provides a fascinating explanation of why the Russian River's reputation as a premium winegrowing region continues to grow.

Synopsis:

"Entertaining and well written, this comprehensive look at a very important wine region provides the sweep of history and personal portraits of the key players. "--Anthony Dias Blue, author of "Anthony Dias Blue's Pocket Guide to Wine

Synopsis:

and#147;Entertaining and well written, this comprehensive look at a very important wine region provides the sweep of history and personal portraits of the key players. and#147;and#151;Anthony Dias Blue, author of Anthony Dias Blueand#8217;s Pocket Guide to Wine

"The ultimate achievement for any wine is to express its place of origin. And tasting that "place" in a wine is the ultimate turn-on for any wine lover. Steve Heimoff has done a most excellent job of capturing the intrigue of the Russian River region and of making its wines come alive. For anyone who's passionate about California wines, this book is a must read."and#151;Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible

About the Author

Steve Heimoff is West Coast Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Out of the Pangaean Mists a River Is Born

2. Cyrus Alexander Finds a Valley

3. Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

4. Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

5. Healdsburg: The Crucial Turn West

6. The Russian River Valley

7. Pinot Noir Comes to Westside Road

8. Clones, AVAs, and Storms: A Divertissement

9. Into the Fog, and Above It: The Sonoma Coast

Recommended Wines and Producers

References and Suggested Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520239852
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
California
Author:
Heimoff, Steve
Subject:
Wine and wine making
Subject:
United States - Pacific - California
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Wine and wine making -- California.
Subject:
Tourism - California - Russian River Valley
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050901
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photographs, 1 map
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1 in 1.05 lb

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Beverages » Bartending and Liquor
Cooking and Food » Beverages » Wine » General
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Travel » General
Travel » North America » United States » Western States
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 296 pages University of California Press - English 9780520239852 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Entertaining and well written, this comprehensive look at a very important wine region provides the sweep of history and personal portraits of the key players. "--Anthony Dias Blue, author of "Anthony Dias Blue's Pocket Guide to Wine
"Synopsis" by ,
and#147;Entertaining and well written, this comprehensive look at a very important wine region provides the sweep of history and personal portraits of the key players. and#147;and#151;Anthony Dias Blue, author of Anthony Dias Blueand#8217;s Pocket Guide to Wine

"The ultimate achievement for any wine is to express its place of origin. And tasting that "place" in a wine is the ultimate turn-on for any wine lover. Steve Heimoff has done a most excellent job of capturing the intrigue of the Russian River region and of making its wines come alive. For anyone who's passionate about California wines, this book is a must read."and#151;Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible

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