Our latest podcast features Stephen Brook, author of the newly released The Finest Wines of California: A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines. A regular writer for Decanter and The World of Fine Wine, and the author of fifteen books on wine, Brook is in demand as an international wine judge.
Despite being a committed lover of European wines who “worships at the shrine of terroir,” Brook is passionate about California wine, and explains why in this podcast. He even busts the myth that California’s wine regions don’t have strong terroir, describing the climatic factors that typically give California wines their generosity of flavor and fruit.
Brook goes on to discuss some stereotypes about California wines, how he assesses vintages, and several areas beyond Sonoma and Napa you’ll want to pay attention to, including Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, and the Sonoma Coast.
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