The Winemakers Dances : Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley

The Winemakers Dances : Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley


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How many times have you asked "What wine goes with rock?". Does a Cabernet
Sauvignon go with basalt? A white or red with sedimentary rock? No longer will
you risk embarrassment for choosing the wrong one! This book brings them together.

Think about what a great gift idea The Winemaker's Dance makes for that geologist or rockhound who likes a good glass of wine. They will
find out why your favorite wine is their favorite wine.

There is a saying among winemakers that "great wine begins with dirt." Beginning
from this intriguing premise, The Winemaker's Dance embarks on an eye-opening
exploration of "terroir" in one of the greatest places on earth to grow wine--California's
Napa Valley. Jonathan Swinchatt and David G. Howell weave a tale that begins
millions of years ago with the clash of continental plates that created the
Napa Valley and go on to show how this small region, with its myriad microclimates,
complex geologic history, and dedicated winemakers, came to produce world-class
wines. A fascinating look at the art and science of winemaking and the only
comprehensive book that covers Napa's geology, history, and environment, The Winemaker's Dance will help wine enthusiasts better understand wine talk and wine writing and, most importantly, wine itself.

The Winemaker's Dance is animated by the voices of Napa's winemakers talking about their craft. The book also contains two driving tours through the valley that highlight the landscapes and wineries discussed. An array of unique illustrations--including shaded relief maps overlaid with color aerial photographs--provide a new and illuminating look at the region: its bedrock, sediments, soils, sun, wind, and rain. The expansive narrative considers how these elements influence wines from particular vineyards and how specific winemaking practices can bring out or mask aspects of terroir. It concludes with a discussion of the state of the winemaking industry today.

Unraveling the complex relationship between the people, the earth, and the vines of Napa Valley, The Winemaker's Dance brings the elusive concept of terroir to a broad audience, adding a vibrant dimension to the experience of the valley's wines. It also provides insights that enhance our understanding of wines and winegrowing regions the world over.

Jonathan Swinchatt, a geologist by training, writes and produces educational video programs about earth and earth science; he is the author of The Foundations of Wine in the Napa Valley: Geology, Landscape, and Climate.. David G. Howell is a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, and author of Principles of Terrane Analysis (second edition, 1995). Together they produced the video EarthNectar, which explores relationships between earth and wine in the Napa Valley.

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