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American Wine

The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States

Jancis Robinson (Author), Linda Murphy (Author)

Available in US and Territories, Canada

Hardcover, 288 pages
ISBN: 9780520273214
March 2013
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 producers—up from 440 in 1970—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.
Jancis Robinson MW is the author of The Oxford Companion to Wine and coauthor of The World Atlas of Wine, among many other books. Linda Murphy was the wine section editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won two James Beard awards, and managing editor of the New York Times’
“Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy’s glorious American Wine captures all the romance and allure of viniculture from Florida to Hawaii.”—Angela Matano Campus Circle
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel Oakland Tribune
“Robinson and Murphy’s new 288-page book is not a coffee table tome; it’s more like a full-sized laptop. It is comprehensive and written in an engaging style. . . . If you want to be educated and entertained (learning some great wine trivia along the way to wow your dinner guests), sit back with a copy of American Wine and a glass of the same.”—Palate Press
“Provides oenophiles with an exhaustive and wildly informative survey of the current state of the American winemaking industry. . . . 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.—Publishers Weekly
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—San Jose Mercury News
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel San Mateo County Times
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel San Ramon Valley Times
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel Tri-Valley Herald
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel West County Times
“American Wine serves as a well-written, well-researched and well-packaged introduction to the true breadth of the U.S. wine-making scene. . . . Maps, history, interesting facts and producer recommendations are provided for both the best-known and the little-known wine regions in the U.S.”—
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel Argus (Fremont)
“Another verifiable classic. . . . The work here is accurate, insightful, and directly on target. Murphy's prose is clear, unsnobby, and stimulating. For anyone interested in veering outside the normal California-only books, American Wine does a brilliant job of covering the entire scope of United States wines. I give American Wine my highest possible recommendation.”—Wes Marshall Austin Chronicle
“Noteworthy for its breadth of coverage.”—Laurie Daniel Contra Costa Times
“The book is good for helping to sort through the American viticultural areas (AVA's) and works for wine drinkers, armchair travelers as well as those looking to actually venture into the places in the United States where wine is being produced. For each region you get history, culture, a bit about the geography and a sense of who the major players are, and some great profiles of winemakers. There are maps and wine labels and glossy photos and the writing is straightforward and not too fussy, as you would expect from two preeminent wine writers, Jancis Robinson of the UK and Linda Murphy the former wine section editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.”—Cooking W/ Amy & Bay Area Bites
“The close-up sections on wine producing regions within each state go beyond the climatic and terroir distinctions to address the qualities and personalities that are intimately tied to the land. . . . ‘American Wine’ shows how open the horizons of American wine country are — so many excellent wineries to celebrate and so much growth and development yet to come. It’s only a matter of time before a Michigan Riesling is just as synonymous as a California Zinfandel with classic American wine.”—Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng Cravings
“Should be an eye-opener. . . . A book that documents the breadth of America's winegrowing chops is long overdue.”—Creators Syndicate, Wine Talk By Robert Whitley
“A fluent, accurate, breezy guide. . . . The value of the book: exploring territory that's not well known even to many American wine enthusiasts.”—Decanter
“Not since Leon Adams’ ‘The Wines of America’ have we had such an omnibus look at the U.S. wine industry’s state of the art.”—Inside Scoop SF, SFGate blog
“American Wine, just published by the University of California Press, is a very ambitious effort to tell the story of wine in the U.S.—all 50 states, 206 AVA’s, 7 thousand producers, and almost one million acres of vines—in a beautifully produced, single volume under 300 pages long. . . . This is a great reference book to be pulled off the shelf when one ventures off for the first time to one of America’s wine regions to visit wineries and taste wines. It’s also an entertaining book, easy to read with a folksy style that manages to be informative without being boring.”—International Wine Review
“An informed, intelligent and entertaining tour, “American Wine” is your reader-friendly companion from the Napa Valley to the North Fork. Clear maps, knockout photos, valuable information."—Newsday
"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."—Tom Wark's Fermentation
"Superbly researched encyclopedia-like tome."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Well informed and lavishly illustrated."—Santa Barbara News-Press
"The most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on the planet for where wine is being made across the United States. . . . With helpful maps and producer recommendations, this book will ignite a desire to hit the open road and taste it all yourself."—The Press Democrat
"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."—Hudson Valley Wine
"It's a well-written and stylish analysis, complimented by a classy layout and fabulous photography and includes as much as you'd expect in an encyclopaedic volume of this size. It also sure to be the 'go-to' volume for the next few years."—Paul O’Doherty
"It...will appeal to wine buyers and drinkers."—Wayward Tendrils Quarterly
"The volume serves up a locavore's delight."—The World of Fine Wine
"No other book offers such a panoramic view of the American wine scene or is as thorough, balanced, and well-informed." —Doug Frost, Master of Wine and Master Sommelier

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