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A Companion to California Wine : An Encyclopedia of Wine and Winemaking from the Mission Period to the Present
Sullivan's encyclopedic handbook traces the Golden State's wine industry from its mission period and Gold Rush origins down to last year's planting and vintage statistics--a complete reference, in handy A to Z format. 75 photos plus maps & tables.
A Companion to California Wine : An Encyclopedia of Wine and Winemaking from the Mission Period to the Present
by Charles L. Sullivan, Hugh Johnson
List Price: $39.95 Our Price: $27.97
Hardcover - 368 pages (October 1998)
University of California Press
ISBN: 0520213513
Dimensions (in inches): 1.47 x 10.38 x 7.46
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Some of those who settled California were winemakers who imported European varietal grapes to start their vineyards. Today California is among the world's top five wine producers and its top-quality products easily rival those of Europe's fine wineries. Anyone interested in wine history and lore will find A Companion to California Wine to be a useful guide.

Unlike standard consumer and tourist guides, this book's focus is geographical and historical. The alphabetical entries range in length from a few sentences to one page. They include all producers and wineries of historical importance (Gallo, Inglenook), place names (Sonoma County, Stag's Leap), grapes (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Zinfandel), wine types (claret, sparkling wine), technical terms (fermentation, pest control), and organizations (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; Wine Institute). Cross-references appear in small capitals. Photographs, maps, and charts augment the text. Entries for counties include maps and charts of the amounts and types of grapes produced each year. Articles on technical processes explain them as they are used in the wine industry. An interesting entry on libraries provides the addresses and telephone numbers of California academic and special libraries with important wine collections. A bibliography, list of oral histories, list of sources for used wine books, and an index complete the book.

Although patrons concerned with evaluating and purchasing wines for consumption or collection will be better served with standard resources such as The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia [RBB D 1 97] or Steven Koplan's Exploring Wine (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1996), those interested in the colorful history of California's wine industry will find an excellent introduction here. Recommended for academic, special, and public libraries serving patrons interested in California history and/or wine.
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