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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2011
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First, I understand this book has been periodically reviewed for decades now and reflect the deep knowledge and passion of the authors for the subject. Having said that, it is not a visually appealing book and the organization could use some improvement. I am glad I read it and I plan to keep it for reference but I expected more from the book.

The good: Authors know what they write about; there are maps of the main wine growing regions of California (including AVA boundaries). Most chapters are organized as (for example) Napa Valley >>> overview of all AVAs included in Napa Valley >>> list of main wineries of Napa Valley by alphabetical order. Please note that the wineries list is far from complete and the choice reflects the authors' opinion. I believe if you refer to the wineries on the book you get a pretty extensive line-up to plan your upcoming wine purchases and trips.

The bad: Book is visually dull (no color pictures), the maps are functional but are placed in a somewhat confusing way. For example, a page for the Russian River AVA map nested between pages listing wineries from a different AVA. Wouldn't it be better to start each section with the relevant map?

Another thing I missed was recommendations on how to plan a visit to CA's wine countries. Maybe the authors were afraid to "play favorites", but wouldn't it be helpful for this guidebook to have a section "planning your weekend in Napa/Sonoma" with the must-see wineries? yes, they do comment at the winery profile "this is one of the most picturesque estates to visit" or something, but why not add a chapter that would make it more of a guidebook?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2011
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The Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine and Wineries has been the gold standard guide for three decades and I have virtually every edition. This new edition continues that tradition of excellence. I applaud the fact that this wine guide has a true "point of view" and is not afraid to rate wineries - good and bad - in an honest manner. Unfortunately, this new edition is not as comprehensive as previous editions; a significant number of producers - some of which are sure to be important in coming years - are missing. I appreciate how much the California wine industry has grown in the 12 years (!) since the last edition and understand the challenge of writing such a guidebook amid such changes, but wish those missing wineries had been included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
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I would recommend this book for those who have yet to tour California wines. I fi you have already been there a few times, you will notice that the coverage is missing a few good wineries. Otherwise it does agreat job in presenting a broad perspective of the wines and the area.
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on January 12, 2011
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Although I agree that this is a broadly useful book, I was disappointed with it. I found that the commentary was more related to geography and history than taste and that too many of the entries had no ratings, the ratings that are included are very general and there were few if any tasting notes. Also, a number of the wineries I looked for were not included.
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on February 16, 2013
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A most interesting approach to a complex market. The approach has been described by the authors and is a very logical progression covering the role of the guide, its unique quality rating methodology and in the layout of the various AWA and winery establishments included in the text. The book also details the various supporting services available from the same team. Services that include a website, blog and newsletter. In combination a significant body of information.
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on December 29, 2011
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Our friend's juts moved to CA and I purchase this book as a gift. It has a lot of useful info, it is up to date and very informative, Great book that I would recommend.
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on October 19, 2014
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Great book. Tons of fantastic info, and great directory of wineries. I recommend is for anyone going to wine country! Was a huge help!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2010
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I've been reading this for a few days and it's a wonderful exploration of California and its many diverse wines, wineries and wine styles. If you are visiting any of the California wine regions, this is the book to have.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2011
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Wow. How did I live without this book (which I purchased yesterday). So many facts, so much packed into this one volume. I am thrilled. And reading and reading. A treasure. I'll be reading this for a long time.
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