Charles Sullivan's Napa Wine: A History, is the engaging story of the rise to prominence of what many believe to be the greatest winegrowing area in the Western hemisphere. This new edition completes that picture, bringing to light more than a decade of dramatic changes and shifted norms visited upon the valley, from pholoxera-wasted vineyards to High Court-officiated territorial battles, told in a rousing, transportive narrative. Beginning in 1817 with the movement of Spanish missions into the San Francisco Bay area, Sullivan winds his way through the great wine boom of the late 19th-century, the crippling effect of Prohibition, and Napa's rise out of its havoc to its eventual rivaling of Bordeaux in the judgments of 1976 and 2006. Published in cooperation with the Napa Valley Wine Library, the book includes historic maps, charts of vineyard ownership, and vintages from the 1880s to present.
Everything you need to know about America's favorite wine and food destination. You'll discover the most popular tourist attractions as well as those that locals try to keep secret. With this book, you won't miss a thing. Whether it's your first visit or your tenth, you'll find new and enjoyable things to see and do. Includes over 700 listings of lodging, spas, wineries, restaurants, parks and camping, hiking and biking, sightseeing, shopping, events, arts, entertainment and nightlife in all towns and areas of the Napa Valley. Readers will also find historical landmarks, a chronological history of Napa County, Napa County statistics, maps, photos, wedding planning contacts, kids' favorites, help on relocating to the valley, and even a section on Napa Valley trivia, including movies made in the valley, ship building, and the World War II era POW camp. There's also a special and very comprehensive 45-page wine supplement, with information on Napa Valley wines, vineyards, varietals, winemaking, wine tasting, understanding a wine label, a glossary of wine terms and pronunciations, and much more.
California-based wine expert Larry Walker offers indepth reference on the wines of one of the world's most prominent wine-producing regions, the Napa Valley. He explores the history of this region and gives a full description of the grape varieties, viticulture, and winemaking techiques, and recommends vintages to look out for. He also details the top producers and their wines, and includes a topical discussion on recent wine developments in this region.
This book examines how Napa became a pre-eminent site for the production of great and sometimes iconic wines in a short space of time. Unlike its Old World counterparts whose development took place over centuries, Napa’s inception didn’t start until the beginning of the 19th century, and even then struggled to identify appropriate grape varietals and find a market for such wine, only to be frustrated when Prohibition occurred in the early 20th century and practically shut down the industry. It was in the 1960s that winegrowing would re-emerge on a scale and quality that began to be noticed by informed critics and neophyte consumers. In the following decades, critical information sharing networks of owners and winemakers emerged, facilitating a collective organization learning that fostered a commitment to quality and consistency that would cement Napa’s reputation. During these decades, technical skills were embraced, institutional support harnessed, and demand for premium wine in America grew. This book is a story about this evolving wine market, about how key individuals were able to shape its organization and build a brand that would increasingly be identified as amongst the best in the world. It starts with an early discussion of what constitutes quality and how wine has been evaluated over the centuries, and ends by exploring Napa’s apotheosis and the current critical issues facing the industry in that area.
Unearth the origins of Napa Valley's prosperity. Chinese laborers were once the backbone of Napa Valley. Throughout the late 1800s, they toiled in the grape fields, mines, hop farms, leather tanneries and laundries, and carved out neighborhoods in towns throughout the Valley. These contributions did little to deter discrimination and Anti-Chinese Leagues sprang up to harass and intimidate immigrants like Chan Wah Jack, who ran the successful Sang Lung store in Napa's Chinatown. In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act hastened the decline of local Chinatowns and these once vibrant communities disappeared while the industries they helped to foster flourished. Join author John McCormick as he uncovers the forgotten contributions of the Chinese people in California's most famous wine region.
Savor the Falvors of Napa Valley The heart of California’s wine country, Napa Valley offers diverse and sophisticated options to please the palate. It is home to creative, farm-to-table seasonal menus, cutting-edge chefs, passionate farmers, and innovative purveyors. In Food Lovers’ Guide to Napa Valley, seasoned writer Jean Saylor Doppenberg shares the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate these culinary treasures. A bounty of mouthwatering delights awaits you in this engagingly written guide. With delectable recipes from the renowned kitchens of Napa Valley’s iconic eateries, Food Lovers’ Guide to Napa Valley is the ultimate resource for food lovers to use and savor. Inside You'll Find:Favorite restaurants and landmark eateries • Food festivals and culinary events • Recipes from top Napa Valley chefs • Cooking classes • Food and wine pairings with some of Napa’s landmark wineries • The region’s best wine bars, brewpubs, and microbreweries • Farmers’ markets and farm stands • Local food lore and kitchen wisdom • Specialty food stores, markets, and food trucks
Napa Valley is so many things to so many people. Being one of the world's best wine country destinations for amazing food, excellent wine, and breath-taking views makes spending time here a once in a lifetime experience. If you spill red wine on yourself just know you are amongst some of the best. You can be here your whole life and discover new attractions that pop up or find yourself coming for a specific reason and fall in love with something totally different. Napa Valley is a one of a kind destination. Revisit some of the historical wineries or find the ones that will push your taste buds to the next level. Eat with the locals and drink at their favorite watering holes. Dine at places that will keep you talking for a lifetime. 100 Things to Do in Napa Valley Before You Die is your book to take notes expand on the tips and share with your friends. There is nothing better than a personal touch to all the experiences in this book. Make it your own. Let me know what you discover.
Alongside its vineyards, the Napa Valley boasts restaurants celebrated for their pioneering spirit. Stroll through the memories of this region's mouthwatering eateries with tales of the enterprising women and risk takers who helped make Napa a foodie haven. The Empire Saloon made history by being the first business to serve food in the fledgling city of Napa, and a little over a century later, the Magnolia Hotel set the standard for fine dining in Yountville. The A-1 Café made Chinese cuisine a local favorite, and Jonesy's set the aviation community aflutter with its tasty special potatoes. Join author Alexandria Brown as she delves into the history of Napa County's gone-but-not-forgotten restaurants and their classic dishes.
A complete guide for everything you need to experience a full weekend in the Napa Valley “As newbies to the California Wine Country, this book was an eye-opener. We later got a more detailed guidebook (actually 3), but this was a great way through the door.” –-Hillary C., Augusta “I like the fact that the writer’s been in the travel writing business for decades. He knows what he’s talking about. Not like some amateur Yelp reviewer.” -== Melissa G, Akron =LODGINGS, variously priced, from luxurious spas to budget accommodations =RESTAURANTS, both upmarket and budget =ATTRACTIONS: there’s more to do in the Napa Valley than sipping wine (although...) =WINERIES - chosen specially by Delaplaine
A complete guide for everything you need to experience a full weekend in the Napa Valley “As newbies to the California Wine Country, this book was an eye-opener. We later got a more detailed guidebook (actually 3), but this was a great way through the door.” –-Hillary C., Augusta =LODGINGS, variously priced, from luxurious spas to budget accommodations =RESTAURANTS, both upmarket and budget =ATTRACTIONS: there’s more to do in the Napa Valley than sipping wine (although…) =WINERIES - chosen specially by Delaplaine
There's a lot more to wine and food pairing than memorizing a few simple rules. The true connoissuer knows the subtleties...and in this book, a wine expert shares his secrets. What wines accompany which foods - and how to choose. Essays, advice, and comments from award-winning chefs. Covers each course - from entree to dessert, from simple meals to exotic favorites. Interviews with famous wine connoisseurs on understanding and appreciating wines. Information on wine-making and maps of the world's major wine regions. Resource guide to finding the best wine-speciality shops. Glossary of wine/food terms and advice on how to 'read' wine lists. A primer on the complete history of wine. Making sense of labels, vintage years, and the best regions.
Napa Valley, once known for its cattle and silver mines, has grown into an international wine destination. On the way, many buildings and institutions have vanished. From the Von Uhlit family's fruit farm in Napa to the Wheeler Ranch in St. Helena, fields and orchards became neighborhoods and vineyards. The Dolphin, a steamboat that once delivered travelers from San Francisco, was replaced by faster transport, and the Napa State Hospital's original "castle" was demolished. The Sawyer Tannery, in operation for over one hundred years, closed its doors in 1990, and destinations like the Kay Von Drive-In and the Bel Aire Bowl now live on only in memory. Join author and historian Lauren Coodley as she celebrates these once-beloved landmarks in California's Wine Country.