By Steve Heimoff
Steve Heimoff takes readers on an intimate and enlightening travel of 1 of California's such a lot various and complete wine parts as he travels alongside the Russian River and talks with growers and vintners from the Cabernet nation of the Alexander Valley to the Pinot Noir manufacturers of the Sonoma coast. this primary accomplished examine the normal background and winemaking practices of the quarter via one in every of America's most dear wine critics brings the Russian into the exalted corporation of the good wine rivers of the world--the Loire, the Rh?ne, the Rhine, the Mosel, and the Douro. half wine guidebook, half historical past and geology, and half travelogue of the author's adventures in wine state, A Wine trip alongside the Russian River is key analyzing for wine lovers--both these lucky sufficient to be accustomed to the area and those that 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 Rh?ne-oriented wines, old-style box blends, and different attention-grabbing wines. within the procedure, he introduces readers to a few 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, etc. 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 possibility of unheard of viticultural enclaves, and recounting how numerous humans discovered that power, Heimoff offers a desirable clarification of why the Russian River's popularity as a top rate winegrowing zone keeps to develop.
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A Wine Journey along the Russian River by Steve Heimoff