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By Steve Heimoff

Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening travel of 1 of California’s so much varied and entire wine components as he travels alongside the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet kingdom of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir manufacturers of the Sonoma coast. this primary entire examine the common heritage and winemaking practices of the area by way of considered one of America’s most beneficial wine critics brings the Russian into the exalted corporation of the nice wine rivers of the world—the Loire, the Rhône, the Rhine, the Mosel, and the Douro. half wine guidebook, half background and geology, and half travelogue of the author's adventures in wine nation, A Wine trip alongside the Russian River is crucial examining for wine lovers—both these lucky adequate to be acquainted with the area and people who have by no means been there.

Heimoff courses readers alongside the size of the scenic river, from its hot, northern border with Mendocino out to foggy Jenner. He discusses the historical past and growth of Alexander Valley Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, Russian River Valley and Sonoma coast Pinot Noir, Sonoma County's Rhône-oriented wines, old-style box blends, and different attention-grabbing wines. within the procedure, he introduces readers to a number of the growers and vintners who've made Sonoma County recognized: Dick Arrowood, the Rochiolis, the Seghesios, Tom Jordon, Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem, Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson, Merry Edwards, and so on. Describing how the river's formation and evolution, either items of the planet's fiery tectonic previous, in addition to the region's complicated weather, have created the opportunity of exceptional viticultural enclaves, and recounting how numerous humans learned that capability, Heimoff presents a desirable rationalization of why the Russian River's recognition as a top class winegrowing area keeps to grow.

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