American Wine

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

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Author: Jancis Robinson,Linda Murphy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780520273214

Category: Cooking

Page: 278

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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. This is the first comprehensive reference on the wines, wineries, and winemakers of America.

Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide 2009

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Author: Kevin Zraly

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402757457

Category: Cooking

Page: 246

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Kevin Zraly, winner of the 2006 Wine Literary Award, brings you this revised edition of the only guide to cover the wines and wineries of all fifty states. (Yes—including Alaska!) Zraly has noted that “Americans are drinking more wine now than they ever have before,” and his sparkling work quenches our need for advice on this booming, underserved subject. In addition to everything previously included—the fascinating history and background details, magnificent spreads with maps of the wine-growing areas, handsome labels, fact boxes on each state, great wine selections (many at under $15)—Kevin’s added more. The 2009 edition includes updated information throughout, as well as greatly expanded entries for eight states: Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Maryland, Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Connecticut. Zraly offers his expert and up-to-the minute picks by varietal and price range, all based on their ready availability throughout the country. Filled with accessible information and capturing Zraly’s love of wine and winemaking, this handy, incisive volume is the perfect resource for understanding and enjoying American wine.

Pioneering American Wine

Writings of Nicholas Herbemont, Master Viticulturist

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Author: Nicholas Herbemont

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820336408

Category: Cooking

Page: 312

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This volume collects the most important writings on viticulture by Nicholas Herbemont (1771-1839), who is widely considered the finest practicing winemaker of the early United States. Included are his two major treatises on viticulture, thirty-one other published pieces on vine growing and wine making, and essays that outline his agrarian philosophy. Over the course of his career, Herbemont cultivated more than three hundred varieties of grapes in a garden the size of a city block in Columbia, South Carolina, and in a vineyard at his plantation, Palmyra, just outside the city. Born in France, Herbemont carefully tested the most widely held methods of growing, pruning, processing, and fermentation in use in Europe to see which proved effective in the southern environment. His treatise "Wine Making," first published in the American Farmer in 1833, became for a generation the most widely read and reliable American guide to the art of producing potable vintage. David S. Shields, in his introductory essay, positions Herbemont not only as important to the history of viticulture in America but also as a notable proponent of agricultural reform in the South. Herbemont advocated such practices as crop rotation and soil replenishment and was an outspoken critic of slave-based cotton culture.

American Wine Economics

An Exploration of the U.S. Wine Industry

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Author: James Thornton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520957016

Category: Cooking

Page: 363

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The U.S. wine industry is growing rapidly and wine consumption is an increasingly important part of American culture. American Wine Economics is intended for students of economics, wine professionals, and general readers who seek to gain a unified and systematic understanding of the economic organization of the wine trade. The wine industry possesses unique characteristics that make it interesting to study from an economic perspective. This volume delivers up-to-date information about complex attributes of wine; grape growing, wine production, and wine distribution activities; wine firms and consumers; grape and wine markets; and wine globalization. Thornton employs economic principles to explain how grape growers, wine producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers interact and influence the wine market. The volume includes a summary of findings and presents insights from the growing body of studies related to wine economics. Economic concepts, supplemented by numerous examples and anecdotes, are used to gain insight into wine firm behavior and the importance of contractual arrangements in the industry. Thornton also provides a detailed analysis of wine consumer behavior and what studies reveal about the factors that dictate wine-buying decisions.

The Makers of American Wine

A Record of Two Hundred Years

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Author: Thomas Pinney

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520952227

Category: Cooking

Page: 311

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Americans learned how to make wine successfully about two hundred years ago, after failing for more than two hundred years. Thomas Pinney takes an engaging approach to the history of American wine by telling its story through the lives of 13 people who played significant roles in building an industry that now extends to every state. While some names—such as Mondavi and Gallo—will be familiar, others are less well known. These include the wealthy Nicholas Longworth, who produced the first popular American wine; the German immigrant George Husmann, who championed the native Norton grape in Missouri and supplied rootstock to save French vineyards from phylloxera; Frank Schoonmaker, who championed the varietal concept over wines with misleading names; and Maynard Amerine, who helped make UC Davis a world-class winemaking school.

Wines of Eastern North America

From Prohibition to the Present—A History and Desk Reference

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Author: Hudson Cattell

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080146899X

Category: Cooking

Page: 416

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In 1975 there were 125 wineries in eastern North America. By 2013 there were more than 2,400. How and why the eastern United States and Canada became a major wine region of the world is the subject of this history. Unlike winemakers in California with its Mediterranean climate, the pioneers who founded the industry after Prohibition—1933 in the United States and 1927 in Ontario—had to overcome natural obstacles such as subzero cold in winter and high humidity in the summer that favored diseases devastating to grapevines. Enologists and viticulturists at Eastern research stations began to find grapevine varieties that could survive in the East and make world-class wines. These pioneers were followed by an increasing number of dedicated growers and winemakers who fought in each of their states to get laws dating back to Prohibition changed so that an industry could begin. Hudson Cattell, a leading authority on the wines of the East, in this book presents a comprehensive history of the growth of the industry from Prohibition to today. He draws on extensive archival research and his more than thirty-five years as a wine journalist specializing in the grape and wine industry of the wines of eastern North America. The second section of the book adds detail to the history in the form of multiple appendixes that can be referred to time and again. Included here is information on the origin of grapes used for wine in the East, the crosses used in developing the French hybrids and other varieties, how the grapes were named, and the types of wines made in the East and when. Cattell also provides a state-by-state history of the earliest wineries that led the way.

The Composition of American Wines

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Author: Williard Bigelow

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1429010339

Category: Cooking

Page: 80

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Williard Bigelow, a chemist with the United States Government, provides a scientific analysis of the composition of wines produced in the United States up to 1900 in an attempt to ensure future uniformity of wines for sale in the world-wide marketplace.