The Winemaker's Hand: Conversations on Talent, Technique, and Terroir

Hardcover | June 3, 2014

byNatalie Berkowitz

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In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to the various steps required to convert grapes into wine. Natalie Berkowitz speaks to winemakers from different backgrounds who work in diverse wine-producing regions, including Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, and the United States. They talk about familiar and unfamiliar grape varietals, their struggles with local terroirs, and the vagaries of Mother Nature. Some represent small family wineries with limited production while others work for corporations producing hundreds of thousands of bottles. Each individual offers rare insight into how new technologies are revolutionizing historic winemaking practices. The interviews are supplemented with personal recipes and maps of winemaking regions. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and aromas.

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In these fascinating interviews, winemakers from the United States and abroad clarify the complex process of converting grapes into wine, with more than forty vintners candidly discussing how a combination of talent, passion, and experience shape the outcome of their individual wines. Each winemaker details their personal approach to ...

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University fo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231167563

ISBN - 13:9780231167567

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionTracing the Historic Wine TrailConversations with WinemakersThe United StatesCalifornia Napa Valley ? Joel Burt-Domaine Chandon ? Cathy Corison-Corison Winery ? Bill Dyer-Dyer Vineyard ? Dawnine Dyer-Dyer Vineyard ? Miljenko "Mike" Grgich-Grgich Hills Estate and Croatia ? Chris Phelps-Swanson Vineyards and Ad Vivum ? Michael Scholz-St. Supéry Winery ? Spring Mountain District ? Stuart Smith-Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery ? David Stevens-Consultant ? Tom Tiburzi-Domaine Chandon ? Ernie Weir-Hagafen Cellars ? John Williams-Frog's Leap Winery Los Carneros ? Armand Ceja-Ceja Vineyards ? Stéphane Vivier-HdV Winery and Vivier Wines Mendocino ? John Chiarito-Chiarito Vineyard Sonoma ? Guy Davis-Davis Family VineyardsNew York State Finger Lakes ? Peter B. Saltonstall-King Ferry Winery and Treleaven Wines Long Island ? Joe Macari Jr.-Macari Vineyard ? Kelly Urbanik-Macari VineyardNorth Carolina ? Sharon Fenchak-Biltmore EstateOregon ? Sheila Nicholas-Anam Cara CellarsChile Casablanca Valley ? Grant Phelps-Casas del BosqueEngland ? Cherie Spriggs-Nyetimber VineyardFrance Bordeaux ? Margaux ? Philippe Delfaut-Château Kirwin ? Alexander van Beek-Châteaux du Tertre and Giscours-and Caiarossa Graves ? Olivier Bernard-Domaine de Chevalier Sauternes ? Xavier Planty-Château GuirardBurgundy ? Etienne de MontilleItaly Friuli ? Giovanni Dri-Il Roncat Lombardy ? Andrea Peri-Peri Bigogno Winery Sicily ? Alessio Planeta-Planeta Winery and Vineyards Soave ? Giovanni Ponchia-Consorzio Tutela Tuscany ? Sergio Gargari-Pieve de' Pitti ? Filippo Rocchi-Castelvecchio Veneto ? Cristian Ridolfi-Casa Vinicola BertaniPortugal Duoro ? Casimiro Alves-Vercoope Cooperative ? Domingos Soares Franco-José Maria Da FonsecaSpain Rioja ? Pedro Benito Saez-Bodegas Urbina de Crianza ? Oscar Montaña Porres-Marques de Tomares WineriesGermany Mosel ? Raimund Prüm-S. A. PrümGreece Santorini ? Yiannis Paraskevopoulos-Gaia WinesSlovenia ? Jurij Brumec-SanctumIsrael Golan Heights ? Micha Vaadia-Galil Mountain WineryConclusionThe Aroma WheelGlossary of Wine TermsGlossary of Wine Varietals

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A joy to browse, The Winemaker's Hand is especially recommended for sophisticated wine connoisseurs.