California is the nation''s great vineyard, supplying grapes
for most of the wine produced in the United States. The state is
home to more than 700 wineries, and California''s premier wines are
recognized throughout the world. But until now there has been no
comprehensive guide to California wine and winemaking. Charles L.
Sullivan''s A Companion to California Wine admirably fills
that gap--here is the reference work for consumers, wine
writers, producers, and scholars.
Sullivan''s encyclopedic handbook traces the Golden State''s wine
industry from its mission period and Gold Rush origins down to last
year''s planting and vintage statistics. All aspects of wine are
included, and wine production from vine propagation to bottling is
described in straightforward language. There are entries for some
750 wineries, both historical and contemporary; for more than 100
wine grape varieties, from Aleatico to Zinfandel; and for wine
types from claret to vermouth--all given in a historical
In the book''s foreword the doyen of wine writers, Hugh Johnson,
tells of his own forty-year appreciation of California wine and its
history. "Charles Sullivan''s Companion," he adds, "will
provide the grist for debate, speculation, and reminiscence from
now on. With admirable dispassion he sets before us just what has
happened in the plot so far."