From Publishers Weekly
Skimpy on insider secrets about "hidden Napa Valley" but bursting with beautiful photographs of the regions natural beauty, Walkers gift book pays tribute to the wine lovers paradise. The photographs, which are organized by season, are overwhelmingly vibrant, depicting brilliant fields of mustard in the Carneros region, voluptuous bunches of zinfandel grapes on the vine at Peter Franus Vineyard, the rolling hills of Long Vineyards and bursting sunflowers at the St. Helena Farmers Market. Quotations about wine and the regions splendor break up the flood of images; among the contributors are Napa historian James Conaway, food connoisseur M.F.K. Fisher, vintners Robert and Margrit Mondavi and travel writer Jan Morris. In addition to the images of nature, there are photos depicting the wine-making process (including shots of wine cellars), as well photos of the regions historic buildings (like the 1884 Rhine House at Beringer Winery) and its upscale hotels and restaurants.
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About the Author
Wes Walker was born in California and has lived in Napa for the past 25 years. His photographs were first published in the 1970s by the Sierra Club and have appeared in various publications including Sierra, The New Yorker, National Geographic Adventure, The Smithsonian,
and The American Museum of Natural History
. Walker not only photographs the Napa and Sonoma areas but also participated in its industry as a grower of premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for Silver Oak Cellars.