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Napa Wine: A Historyby Charles L. Sullivan
Synopses & Reviews
Charles Sullivan’s Napa Wine: A History, is the engaging story of the rise to prominence of what many believe to be the greatest winegrowing area in the Western hemisphere. This new edition completes that picture, bringing to light more than a decade of dramatic changes and shifted norms visited upon the valley, from pholoxera-wasted vineyards to High Court-officiated territorial battles, told in a rousing, transportive narrative. Beginning in 1817 with the movement of Spanish missions into the San Francisco Bay area, Sullivan winds his way through the great wine boom of the late 19th-century, the crippling effect of Prohibition, and Napa’s rise out of its havoc to its eventual rivaling of Bordeaux in the judgments of 1976 and 2006. Published in cooperation with the Napa Valley Wine Library, the book includes historic maps, charts of vineyard ownership, and vintages from the 1880s to present.
Book News Annotation:
Sullivan, a teacher of California history and well-regarded author on wine and viticulture history, provides a detailed regional history of the rise of the Napa Valley from its earliest years dominated by wheat fields to its later dominance in the wine industry. This updated and revised edition examines the Great Wine Boom of the late 19th century, continues through the trying times of Prohibition and on to the region's ranking as possible the greatest wine growing region in the Western Hemisphere, and covers important changes since the first edition was published in 1992, including the rise of cabernet, the sale of Robert Mondavi Corporation, and environmental issues. Amply augmented with photographs and illustrations, the book will interest not only wine enthusiasts but also those interested in the history of the valley's transformation. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sullivan's 1994 "Napa Wine: A History" is the engaging story of the rise to prominence of what many believe to be the greatest wine-growing area in the Western Hemisphere. This new edition brings to light more than a decade of dramatic changes and shifted norms visited upon the valley, from phylloxera-wasted vineyards to high court-officiated territorial battles, told in a rousing, transportive narrative.
About the Author
Charles L. Sullivan has written more than one hundred articles for major wine and food journals and is the author of many books on the subject of wine history, including A Companion to California Wine: An Encyclopedia of Wine & Winemaking from the Mission Days to Present, Sonoma Wine & the Story of Buena Vista, and Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and its Wine. Earl Thollander is an artist and popular illustrator. He is the illustrator of Backs Roads of California. Robert Mondavi was a leading California winemaker.
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