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From Chile to California, South Africa to Alsace, Ralph Steadman
has seen the best of the world''s wine-producing regions. On a
search for the unique and original, he meets Aurelio Montes, the
Chilean winemaker who planted syrah vines on a rocky, south-facing
hill in order to "steal the wild complexity of the mountain''s
soul." In Spain, he learns of the white chalky soil called albariza
that produces the sherry of the Jerez region. In California, the
author describes crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, driving up into
Marin County, and meeting enthusiastic winemakers whose vineyards
sit precariously on the San Andreas fault. As the journey continues
on through Burgundy, Champagne, and Sicily, Steadman brings the
landscape and its people to life with pictures and prose.