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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471793868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471793861
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

There are 141 wine tasting rooms open to the public in California's Napa Valley, and Kushman, the TV columnist for the Sacramento Bee, decided he was going to visit them all with Beal, an executive wine buyer for a supermarket chain, offering his expert perspective. Both men are listed as coauthors, but it's Kushman alone who narrates their tours. He offers plenty of engaging vignettes, along with practical advice—don't wear white if you haven't gotten the hang of spitting yet—and accessible mini-lectures on subjects ranging from the history of white Zinfandel to the proper technique for fermenting wines in oak barrels. The stories, originally published as a series of newspaper columns, are consistently upbeat, reveling in Napa's image as "the heartbeat of American winemaking," and even Kushman marvels at how polite everyone at the wineries is during their visits. The generous spirit extends to the detailed tasting room guide that follows the main narrative, where about the worst they'll say is that the service in a popular place gets slow during busy hours. So the ratings won't tell tourists if one tasting room is better than another, but they do offer a workable idea of what to expect at each venue. (May)
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A ROLLICKING WINE COUNTRY TRAVELOGUE

Plus, Get the Lowdown on 141 Napa Tasting Rooms, From Top-Name Wineries to Hidden Gems

Hank Beal is a wine pro—the executive wine buyer at an upscale supermarket chain. Rick Kushman is an ordinary Joe—a guy who loves wine, but doesn't know a lot about it. Together, they set out to visit all 141 public tasting rooms in Napa during the course of a season. The result is A Moveable Thirst—an engaging, often hilarious book that's part Sideways, part Wine For Dummies, and part Frommer's.

The first half recounts their uproarious adventures on the road as Rick learns to swirl, sniff, and spit . . . but can't stop asking stupid questions. The second part offers the most comprehensive and detailed guide ever published to Napa's wine rooms, with incisive information on everything from service and atmosphere to tasting tools and picnic prospects. Complete with invaluable tasting tips, it's the only book you need to map out your own Napa Valley wine adventure.

NAPA KNOW-HOW ON THE GO

  • Learn from Hank's patient expertise and Rick's often-naive but relentlessly enthusiastic questions as they make their way around Napa tasting rooms
  • Find out how to charm the servers (hint: never, ever quote from Sideways),encourage generous pours, learn about wine, and have fun
  • Pick up essential wine-tasting dos and don'ts, from "Carry a cooler. Don't cook your wine" to "Eat. Seriously, eat"

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A fun and informative read.
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That makes this book a must read for anyone who just wants to learn about wine in an entertaining read.
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"A Moveable Thirst" is a great book on the wineries of Napa Valley.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Perry on April 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
A Moveable Thirst is a funny and very informative look at wine tasting in the Napa Wine Country. For those of you who love wine, Rick Kushman has the unique ability to make you feel like you are in the tasting room, walking around - meeting people and completely enjoying yourself.

This is a must read for veteran wine lovers as well as those who would like to learn to taste and appreciate great wine. Kushman and Beal are hilarious as they tour the famous through the obscure. I can't wait to follow some of their footprints.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Al Muto on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
My wife and I used the book on our trip. It is a wonderful tool and is entertaining as well. You felt like you had insider info on winereis and the people who work there. I hope they do a book on Sonoma, Central California and Oregon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M. Heffernan on June 20, 2007
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By far, this is the one that will have a lasting shelf/glove compartment life. It is written in such a whimsical and witty style that you can't help but turn the pages for more. Pour yourself a glass and enjoy this celebration of wine, celebration and discovery!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee Sondergard on November 11, 2007
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Fabulous book. Loved the details about the visits and winemakers. Read it and took notes and learned a bunch. Not only do you get to virtually visit the vineyards and wineries but you get to learn about the all the seasons of the wine year. I was on the edge of my chair waiting for them to visit a place I'd been to - or to persuade me to visit one I hadn't considered. I've been to Napa on vacation 4 times but this will be my companion the next time. The only thing missing was a glass of wine to go with it. And maps - please add maps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Vincent on March 9, 2008
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While this is the 93rd book on wines that I've read since October of 2006, it also ranks as one of the most informative and enjoyable. It's a virtual cornucopia of wine information, providing the reader with a pretty good overview of how great wines are made and the challenges of growing grapes, all under the guise of covering the wineries and tasting rooms of Napa Valley and its associated AVAs (American Viticultural Areas).

For anyone planning a visit to Napa, this book is a must read. The first 190 pages cover the authors' experiences touring Napa wineries for a summer, while the last part of the book provides comprehensive touring information on the tasting rooms, including such topics as wines, hours, directions, cost, ambiance, etc. In addition to picking up many invaluable insights on where to go for tours and tastings, you'll also learn a wealth about wine and the wine people of Napa....all done in a highly amusing and entertaining style. This book packs more insight into the world of wine than many books written by knowledgeable authorities on wine. That makes this book a must read for anyone who just wants to learn about wine in an entertaining read.

You'll be hard pressed to find a more informative and more enjoyable book on Napa Valley wineries. It's much more than a great touring guide. Enjoy!

Mark Vincent
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NYC Girl on August 31, 2007
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This book is part travelogue and part travel guide. I bought several books to help prepare and plan for my Napa trip. I felt that this one was by far the most useful, informative and entertaining. As stated in the book, Napa has over 140 public tasting rooms. It's very difficult to say that they are "good" or "bad" because it all depends on your style and what type of experience you are looking for. There is something for everyone and this book helps to convey not only the tangible facts of each winery (i.e. address, directions, cost, hours of operation, etc..) but also successfully conveys the "feel" and personality of each so that you can match the wineries to what typoe of experience you are looking for. I think this book gave a very different perspective. Thanks Rick and Hank!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Stith on June 14, 2008
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What a funny book. A 12 month journey visiting all wine tasting rooms in NAPA. Not a review of the wines, but a review of the tasting rooms. If you are into NAPA Wines, then this is the book to read. Each chapter is a short story. I would have given anything to be able to take their year long journey. Very well written....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Hegeman on April 15, 2008
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This is a fun book to read. Part personal story and part tasting room reviews, it combines interesting information about wine making, the stories behind the people and the wineries, and details about each tasting room. It is well-written but in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. It's very approachable and teaches about the wine business without making you feel like you are an idiot. One of the authors is a professional in the wine industry, the other (the primary author) is a journalist with little experience other than he likes to drink wine. After reading this book, and knowing something about wine, I still learned a lot and was greatly entertained. I now want to plan another trip to Napa Valley as there are many new places that I want to check out! I have recommended this as a must-read to many friends as they plan their own trips or are just looking for a good book.
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