The California Directory of Fine Wineries: Central Coast: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles

California’s most celebrated central coast wineries invite you on an irresistible journey . . . to the congenial tasting rooms of a vast and unspoiled paradise. With The California Directory of Fine Wineries as your guide, you’ll wander through world-famous Santa Barbara County, home to the landmark cellars of Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Rita Hills. You’ll meander the scenic back roads of San Luis Obispo on your way to Edna Valley’s premier wineries. You’ll travel to rustic Paso Robles, where the winemakers themselves will pour you a glass of their distinctive blends and specialties. This fully updated, second edition is an essential, up-to-date guide to boutique tasting rooms, working ranches, warehouse wineries, and intimate, family-owned
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Tasting the Wine Country: Recipes from Romantic Inns and Resorts [With Music CD]

Great food, wine, and music for perfect getaways at home! Chefs from 21 acclaimed inns and resorts offer more than 100 dishes for breakfast and dinner, all formatted for the home cook. Inspiring paintings, quotations, and photography will transport you to the wine country. The music CD offers brilliant performances by Grammy-Award winning musicians. Their joyful music combines classical, bluegrass, Latin, and jazz. To your health and
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The Italian Wine Guide: The Definitive Guide to Touring, Sourcing, and Tasting (Dolce Vita)

The wines of Italy are a delightful part of any visit to the Bel Paese, and The Italian Wine Guide is the ultimate guide to the world of these wines. This practical handbook offers current information on wineries, tours, and tastings throughout Italy, plus listings for over 1,900 wine stores. For those visiting winery towns, over 60 detailed maps and itineraries are featured, with suggestions on where to enjoy the best wines and dine on the finest local cuisine. A look at contemporary wine production in Italy is followed by detailed discussions of each region. The new edition contains listings for U.S. retailers selling Italian
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Judgment of Paris

The only reporter present at the mythic Paris Tasting of 1976—a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France’s best—for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine.The Paris Tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. At this legendary contest—a blind tasting—a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France’s best. George M. Taber, the only reporter present, recounts this seminal contest and its far-reaching effects, focusing on three gifted unknowns behind the winning wines: a college lecturer, a real estate lawyer, and a Yugoslavian immigrant. With unique access to the main players and a contagious passion for his subject, Taber renders this historic event and its tremendous
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Wine Country Europe: Touring, Tasting, and Buying in the Most Beautiful Wine Regions

There is no better way to enjoy wine than at its source, and it is in Europe, the birthplace of wine, that you can find still the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Wine Country Europe is a dream tour of the Old World’s most celebrated regions, from the famed areas of France and Italy to lesser-known discoveries in Austria and Hungary. These breathtakingly picturesque wineries make for perfect travel destinations, and in full-color photographs throughout, the book reveals the amazing variety of landscapes that foster vineyards throughout the continent. The authors, both Italian natives, give insider’s tips on which vintners give the most entertaining tours, what to ask for in the tasting rooms, and how you can experience firsthand the terroir that makes each region unique. Each of the twenty chapters focuses on a particular region and includes not just descriptions of the wineries and labels, but also recommendations for nearby restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Whether
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Beer, Food, and Flavor: A Guide to Tasting, Pairing, and the Culture of Craft Beer

“Yes, great beer can change your life,” writes chef Schuyler Schultz in Beer, Food, and Flavor. Here is your authoritative guide to exploring the diverse array of flavors found in craft beer—and the joys of pairing those flavors with great food to transform everyday meals into culinary events. Armed with the precise tasting techniques and pairing strategies offered inside, participating in the growing craft beer community is now easier than ever. Beer, Food, and Flavor will enable you to learn about the top craft breweries in your region, seek out new beer styles and specialty brews with confidence, create innovative menus, and pair craft beer with fine food, whether at home or while dining
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Explorer’s Guide Oregon Wine Country: A Great Destination (second Edition) (Explorer’s Great Destinations)

The first—and still the best—guide to Oregon’s wine country from well-connected local wine experts. This guide to Oregon’s burgeoning wine scene covers the entire state, from the renowned Willamette Valley to the remote Snake River Valley. While Moore and Welsch focus on touring the state’s wineries, they also provide a wide array of dining and lodging options and spotlight unique recreation, attractions, and natural wonders to seek out in your spare time. 100+ full-color
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Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

For everyone who has known the pleasure of a pint, Randy Mosher explores and explains the tasting experience, guiding readers to a better understanding of how every batch of beer is affected by recipe formulation, brewhouse procedures, yeasts, fermentations, carbonation, filtration, packaging, and much more. Readers will learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouth-feel of all the major beer styles. There are also chapters on proper serving and storage conditions, and classic beer and food pairings. Finally, the book includes a style-by-style compendium of the different brews within major beer families, including American craft brews, British lagers, German ales, and Belgian Dubbels. For each style, Mosher includes historical and regional facts, taste and aroma characteristics, seasonal availability, food pairings, and a few terrific recommendations for readers to
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Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley

While anthropologists often have been accused of failing to “study up,” this book turns an anthropological lens on an elite activity – wine tasting. Five million people a year, from the US and abroad, travel to California’s Napa Valley to experience the “good life”: to taste fine wines, eat fine food, and immerse themselves in other sophisticated pleasures while surrounded by bucolic beauty. Written in a highly readable style by anthropologists George and Sharon Gmelch, Tasting the Good Life examines who wine tourists are and what the “tasting” experience is all about. It also examines the growth of wine tourism in the valley and the impact it is having on the landscape and the lives of the people who live there. In addition to the authors’ own analysis, they present the personal narratives of 17 people who work in Napa tourism — from winemaker to vineyard manager, from celebrity chef to wait staff, from hot air balloonist to masseuse. Their stories provide unexpected and
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Wine: Savvy Girl, A Guide To Wine

It’s hard to imagine a world without wine; I mean, what else would we use to help us decipher the meaning of life, cope with dating mishaps, or get through an episode of The Bachelor? But do you know what makes great wine better than good wine? Or why one Chardonnay can taste totally different from another Chardonnay? How about why restaurants put us through the whole wine-pouring ritual? Savvy Girl: A Guide to Wine leaves out the boring details and gets straight to what you really want to know about wine: how to taste, talk about, buy, and enjoy it. We know that you don’t need to be an expert on wine, you just want to be savvy. So get this five-hour read, get savvy, and then get back to your fabulous life.
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