Synopses & Reviews
Over the past three decades, a wine revolution has been taking place across the United States. There are now more than 7,000 American wine producersand#151;up from 440 in 1970and#151;and the best bottles are every bit as good as the finest wines of Europe. American Wine is the first comprehensive and authoritative reference on the wines, wineries, and winemakers of America. Written by world-renowned wine author Jancis Robinson and U.S. wine expert Linda Murphy, this book is the natural companion to the international bestseller, The World Atlas of Wine. More than 200 breathtaking photographs, profiles of key personalities, and informational graphics bring to life the vitality of American wine culture and 54 detailed full-color maps locate key regions, wineries, and vineyards. Organized by geographical region, American Wine concentrates on areas such as California, Oregon, and Washington that produce the best-known wines, and ventures across the country to introduce gems such as racy Rieslings from Michigan and New York, Bordeaux-style wines from Virginia, bright-fruited Tempranillo from Texas and southern Oregon, and characterful Nortons from the Midwest.
"This comprehensive reference tome from Robinson (The Oxford Companion to Wine) and James Beard award-winner Murphy provides oenophiles with an exhaustive and wildly informative survey of the current state of the American winemaking industry. They open with a fascinating account of grape cultivation from mid-1500s Florida, chronicling the evolution of the American wine industry through Prohibition to the present day, highlighting all 50 states along the way. That said, the contents reflect the industry's lopsided nature: California takes up nearly half of the book, followed by Washington and Oregon, with ample attention paid to New York. The duo's coverage includes immersive studies of even the most minor regions and profiles of notable winemakers, with recommendations for varietals and vintners worth seeking out. Asides and anecdotes, such as the French influence on Washington wines or the accidental history of white zinfandel, make the book eminently skimmable, but those with merely a passing interest in wine will find themselves sucked in to this expansive, readable tome that lives up to its titular promise. Approachable enough for the novice but insightful enough for the aficionado, this is one worth looking into. Color photos & maps. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
and#8220;Glorious. . . . American Wine captures all the romance and allure of viniculture from Florida to Hawaii.and#8221;
and#8220;An informed, intelligent and entertaining tour, and#8220;American Wineand#8221; is your reader-friendly companion from the Napa Valley to the North Fork. Clear maps, knockout photos, valuable information."
"Murphy and Robinson give us the new 'Ultimate Companion' to American Wine, taking into account the significant changes that have hit the U.S. wine industry over the past 20 years. An indispensable reference."
"American Wine is more than the ultimate reference guide on the subject, it leaves one feeling there is no better time to be an oenophile in America than today. Sip slowly and enjoy the ride."
"No other book offers such a panoramic view of the American wine scene or is as thorough, balanced, and well-informed." and#151;Doug Frost, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier
A new, revised and updated edition of the James Beard award-winningand#160;guide to wineand#160;fromand#160;The Culinaryand#160;Institute of America.
Now completely revised and updated, this new edition of the essential consumer guide to wine features all the most current information for todayand#8217;s wine landscape. The authors, longtime wine educators at The Culinary Institute of America, have added all the latest and most relevant information to their award-winning book, including new picks for the best regional producers, off-the-beaten-path finds, and bargain bottles. With a practical, anti-snob attitude, the emphasis is always on enjoying wine to the fullest in real-world scenarios and getting the best value for your dollar, whether splurging on a special-occasion bottle orand#160;deciding on your own and#8220;houseand#8221; wine. All the basics are covered, including the major wine grapes, flavor profiles, and decoding labels, plus up-to-date information on established and up-and-coming regions, advice on pairing wine with everything from Korean short ribs to all-American burgers, opinions on wine gadgets (yea or nay?), and more. Cheers!
About the Author
STEVEN KOLPAN is a professor in wine studies at The Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of several books, including Exploring Wine and WineWise, winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Beverage Book of 2009. In 2007, he was chosen as Wine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council. Mr. Kolpan is the wine columnist for Salon.com and The Valley Table and has written more than 100 wine articles for many magazines, newspapers, and websites.MICHAEL A. WEISS has been professor of wine at The Culinary Institute of America for more than two decades. He is the co-author of the classic Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World. In 2007, he was honored as Wine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council. Weiss was awarded the Diploma of Honor from the Corporation des Vignerons de Champagne and inducted into the Confraria, or Brotherhood of Porto.The late BRIAN H. SMITH was professor of wine at The Culinary Institute of America for more than two decades. Along with Steven Kolpan and Michael A. Weiss, he is the author of the classic Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World. Smith is also the author of The Sommelier's Guide to Wine.Founded in 1946, THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts, Latin cuisines, and wine and beverage studies. A network of more than 45,000 alumni has helped the CIA earn its reputation as the world's premier culinary college. The CIA, which also offers courses for professionals and food enthusiasts, as well as consulting services for the foodservice and hospitality industry, has campuses in Hyde Park, New York; St. Helena, California; San Antonio, Texas; and Singapore.