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Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idahoby Cole Danehower
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Superbly balanced pinot noirs; crisp rieslings; rich, heady syrahs: these are only a fraction of the expertly crafted wines being produced in the Pacific Northwest"s diverse and distinctive wine countries. Second only to California in production, the Pacific Northwest is the largest wine region in North America, home to more than 1,000 wineries. What was once a young wine-growing area with a reputation for eccentricity is today recognized as a dynamic region producing world-class wines, with a focus on ecologically sound practices.
This definitive volume profiles the wines, the people who make them, and the wine countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. The journey begins with the region"s climates and geology, which create a fascinating tapestry of wine-growing areas. Next, the book focuses on the unique qualities of each wine region, with profiles of more than 160 representative wineries to visit. Included are legacy wineries that helped to build the region"s reputation, prestige wineries with a national presence, under-the-radar artisan wineries that embody the pioneering spirit of the Northwest, and promising new wineries. Each profile lists the winery"s signature, premium, value, and estate wines.
Beautifully illustrated with photographs and helpful maps, this in-depth guide is a milestone in the North American literature on wine. It will enable wine lovers everywhere to plan their touring, select their wines, and explore and discover the riches of the Northwest's wine country.
Book News Annotation:
Danehower, a wine journalist based in Portland, has compiled a terrific guide to the wineries of the Pacific Northwest, with descriptions of each wine region and a sampling from the notable wineries in each. Filled with personal notes on the founders and particulars of their winery, as well as wine recommendations, the entries for the individual wineries list address and contact information, the year founded, amount produced annually, names of its signature wines, price range, premium wine, value wine, and name of the estate vineyards used. Descriptions of the wine regions, first by state, then each distinct local region, convey the history of the industry and the specific geographical features of the area. This volume, well-illustrated with color photos, and written for the non-specialist, is the perfect wine-tasting tour guide. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Award-winning freelance photographer Andrea Johnson specializes in the imagery of wine, food, travel, and adventure sport. With work appearing regularly in such publications such as National Geographic, Wine Spectator, Sunset, and VIA, she was also co-photographer of the book Passion for Pinot.
Cole Danehower has been a leading regional wine journalist for more than a decade, reporting on the wines, winemakers, and wine countries of the Pacific Northwest. A winner of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, he is also copublisher of Northwest Palate and author of that magazine's popular "Inside Northwest Wine" column. His wine writing has also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, The Register Guard, and Wines & Vines. A frequent judge for the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, the Oregon Wine Competition, the Portland Indie Wine Festival, and numerous regional wine competitions, he is also a popular speaker on the region's wines.
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