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On California: From Napa to Nebbiolo

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by Foreword by Karen MacNeil
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On California explores the Golden State’s robust wine history with a spirited collection of essays by industry-leading contributors such as Napa Valley winemaker Warren Winiarski and New York sommelier Victoria James.

Essays are grouped into easily navigable sections covering themes central to the development of this flourishing wine region, for instance: the proximity of the Pacific Ocean, the pioneering thinkers behind the rapid growth of the industry, and the diversity of top-tier grapes and wines produced throughout the state. 

Of note is Stephen Spurrier & Patricia Gallagher’s recounting of the Judgment of Paris blind tasting, when a panel of international wine experts had difficulty distinguishing Californian wines from their French counterparts. Also compelling is Clare Tooley’s coverage of legalized marijuana cultivation creating competition for vineyard real estate, Elin McCoy’s comparison of glamourous Napa and relaxed Sonoma as they look to the future, and Bob Thompson’s prophetic 1984 commentary on the emerging cult of the wine critic. 

For the California wine enthusiast wanting to deepen their understanding of this thriving viticultural region, this book covers themes vital to the development of this vibrant region today.

This is a publication of The Académie du Vin Library, founded by British wine expert Stephen Spurrier and friends.

Hardcover. Color photographs throughout. 

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