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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145833
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"It's easy to Google 'Napa wineries' and end up with plenty of big name wineries with daily tours and souvenir shops. But what of those off the beaten path? Back Lane Wineries of Napa and its sister book for Sonoma are guides to 70 small wineries making quality, hard-to-find handcrafted wines.” –San Francisco Chronicle

"Drink a toast to Napa Valley. But let us praise less famous wineries in the legendary California wine-growing region. Back Lane Wineries of Napa takes the reader off the beaten path to friendly, down-to-earth establishments where the wines are made by on-site proprietors." –Pittsburgh-Tribune Review

"More than 70 wineries are profiled in the handy volume, which also features restaurant and local attraction listings." –San Francisco Examiner

About the Author

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma (The Little Bookroom) and the New York Times best-selling “oenobiography” The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It—which has been recognized by Gourmand as the Best Work of Wine Literature in the United States for 2008. A member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, Mazzeo divides her time between the California wine country and the East Coast, where she is a professor of English at Colby College.

Photographer and filmmaker Paul Hawley is a wine country native, raised on his family vineyard overlooking the Dry Creek Valley. His feature film, Corked, premiered at film festivals in 2008.

More About the Author

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma (The Little Bookroom),The New York Times best-selling 'oenobiography 'The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (Harper), and the forthcoming Back Lane Wineries of Napa (The Little Bookroom, Spring 2010). The Widow Clicquot has been recognized by Gourmand as the Best Work of Wine Literature in the United States for 2008. A member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, her work has appeared in Food and Wine magazine. She divides her time between the California wine country and the East Coast, where she is a professor of English at Colby College.

Customer Reviews

In return, you should expect to purchase a few bottles of their wine.
Sitting in Seattle
EVERYONE introduced to us in the book made the journey a most memorable one and quite tasty, too.
Coby
Don't bother with the huge wineries with lines, enjoy the small boutiques!
Dana E. Baze

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Zimmerman on May 21, 2010
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My husband and I just visited Napa and Sonoma Counties, and our trip was special because we used Tilar Mazzeo's Back Lane Wineries of Napa and Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma. We visited wineries that are family run rather than corporate owned. We had some great wine and met fantastic people who love what they do. Remember, though, that if you make an appointment at a small winery and get a personal tour, you will feel compelled to buy a bottle or two at the very least. It is a personal experience, and you will often be talking with the person who made the wine that you are enjoying. Now, whenever my husband and I open one of the bottles, we remember the person who put their heart into the making of it. Buy the book, and get the Sonoma County version as well. Have a great trip.
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Tilar Mazzeo's "Back lane wineries of Napa" is a great book for a specific audience: true wine lovers who are visiting Napa Valley, are not bothered by wines costing $30 a bottle or more, and who want to have individualized, hands-on engagement with small producers instead of the mass-producing wineries. If that description fits you, then it's a must buy -- finding a single great experience is well worth the cost of the book.

The format of the book is 1-3 small-sized pages per winery, with a description of the winery's history, the winemakers and/or owners (most often the same), and the style of wines they produce. It describes what is unique to each winery: the location, the wine style, or the story behind it. Mazzeo also profiles a few of the wines and the price range for each winery, so you generally know what to expect ahead of time before making an appointment. It makes no pretense of being complete, and instead selects a few dozen interesting and unique places.

As for the wineries, they are all small, mostly family-owned and operated, and mostly produce 500-3000 cases production a year. These are wines that are nearly impossible to purchase except directly from the winery. By comparison, the larger Napa producers make 100,000 or even 1,000,000+ cases per year ... which are the ones available in grocery stores, national distribution, restaurant lists, etc. The producers in this book are doing things very differently.

The primary "catch" to these wineries is that visiting them almost always requires setting up an appointment for an individual tasting of a hour or two. These are not places where you can drop in along the course of a day of winery hopping; you're expected to seek them out and to visit because of a genuine interest to learn about them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 15, 2010
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Back Lane Wineries of Napa is a pick for any who would locate the wineries 'off the beaten path' in a California county well known for its winery paths. These are smaller venues offering world-class wines and tastings - but are much lesser-known than the larger chateaus. Some seventy-five discoveries are profiled here, with hours, tasting offerings, websites, locations, and history making them easy to plan for.
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By Nancy fenske on September 10, 2013
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The best book to find non commercial wineries in Napa.Met great people and down to earth souls that took the time to share their craft with us.
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A group of us used the book to select the region we wanted to visit and taste wines. Came in very handy,
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By Barbara N on October 30, 2012
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There are more wineries in the Napa Valley than you can even fit on a map. Most of the guidebooks cover only a few- the big names that you probably knew about anyway. But the smaller places off Hwy 29 are where you find great wines, awesome views and a less corporate view of the wine industry. Plus wines that you aren't likely to see in every big wine store in the US. Every winery I have visited that I found in this book has been great. Absolutely the best guide I have found.
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