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Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide Hardcover – October 11, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition edition (October 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520261380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520261389
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Critical, in-depth look at the wine culture of Washington. . . Essential.”
(New York Times 2010-10-06)

“A superb book. . . . For those wishing to explore Washington wines in greater depth.”
(The Wine Advocate 2008-07-01)

“A serious analysis of Washington wine that is seriously interesting.”
(Wine Economist 2010-09-24)

You can live without the new edition, but only if you have the original. To have both is. . . an embarrassment of riches.
(Cornichon Blog 2010-09-25)

“A very good read and a bible for anyone eager to tap into a region on a mission.”
(Paul O'Doherty Jancisrobinson.com 2010-12-30)

“Quite simply the best book ever on the wines of Washington state.”
(California Grapevine 2011-01-01)

“Paul Gregutt has done it again! If you have any interest in Washington State wines, you need to get a copy of his latest book.”
(Wine Peeps 2010-10-21)

“This new second, revised and updated edition remains the quintessential reference book on the subject. “
(Santa Barbara News-Press 2010-12-02)

“A must-read for any wine lover heading to the rainy region.”
(Wine Enthusiast 2010-12-01)

From the Inside Flap

Praise for the First Edition:

"Read this book for its focus on the vineyards, grapes and important producers of this burgeoning wine region….a handy reference."—Wine Spectator

"[Gregutt] looks in depth at the land, its people and its wines….A refreshingly unpedantic way to keep track of all those wines now appearing in stores."—Eric Asimov, The New York Times

"A superb book….For those wishing to explore Washington wines in greater depth."—The Wine Advocate

"[A] book to study, take notes on, and savor over time in order to absorb its considerable value….For those who want to gain an education on the country's second largest wine region (as well as become infected by the author's enthusiasm for it), this is a seminal book."—Vinography

"The most comprehensive and authoritative book on Washington wines. Paul has a lively style that makes the story of Washington wine country come alive."—Natalie Maclean, Nat Decants

"A timely, useful, and most enjoyable addition to wine literature."—The World of Fine Wine

"No one who loves Washington wines—in fact, no one serious about wine—should fail to get a copy."—Oz Clarke

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Customer Reviews

His book is easy to read and very well-organized.
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I needed to get "in the know" quickly, and that is just what this book gives to you.
Hugh Gardiner
Great book on the Washington wines and the history.
Richard Carney

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Holden on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As the wine guru at the Seattle Times, Paul Gregutt is the best-known wine writer in the state. Three years ago, to great acclaim, he published his "essential guide" to Washington wines and wineries. The second edition, just released, provides a few necessary updates and several welcome refinements.

For starters, Washington now has something like 650 bonded wineries, and nothing short of a phone book is going to be all-encompassing. Instead, Gregutt focuses his attention on the 200 or so wineries that offer quality and innovation (double the number in the first book). His first edition named 13 "leaders," 30 "specialists," followed by "bench" wineries and "rookies." The industry keeps growing, and now it's time to reassess. The top rank is now called "Five Stars" and includes 10 newcomers. One "leader," Matthews Cellars, has been kicked off the field, persued by unhappy investors. A second, Hedges Family Estate, was demoted (unfairly, in my view), compromised perhaps by becoming too popular. Even so, Chateau Ste. Michelle retains its spot despite (deservedly in my view) its commercial success). Eyebrows may well be raised by the promotion of K Vintners to five-star rank, especially since Charles Smith Wines (same owner) already has a (gulp) four-star rating. It's good to see Brian Carter promoted from rookie to four stars, good to see Fielding Estates awarded top rank despite its lack of a modern winery, good to see attention focused on Corliss (four stars for now) for the potential of its financial underwriting.

The star of the book is not a winery but a place, Red Mountain, an unpreposessing, "brownish lump of half-baked bread" at the eastern end of the Yakima Valley.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Carney on January 27, 2011
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Great book on the Washington wines and the history. Had been looking for a good book covering these wines and I would put this one at the top.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tarzan on October 12, 2010
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Best organized book on Washington Wines & Wineries ever! This is a really interesting and fun read even if you're not a big wino, which I'm not - yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBS on January 30, 2013
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I got this for our friends who moved to Richland WA. Needless to say they love their wine and they have plowed through this book. They are so grateful to have such a fabulous resource when deciding which winery to hit. Pages are dog tagged or have tons of notes written next to the winery. It's become a journal for them as well. You can trust if they love it, it's a great book to own.
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By Anix on November 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Giving this book 5 stars because I don't want to bring down its rating. Just came here to say that this is not a coffee table book. I've been looking for beautiful books on great subjects to display in my living area and I saw this one on Amazon. Held off buying it, went down to the book store and flipped through it. Definitely more like an encyclopedia of Washington wineries, which is great! But not what I'm looking for. If I ever need to research and compare, this is definitely the book I'll go to.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Haskins on July 12, 2011
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The author is no doubt is the home town expert. When he sticks to technical information the book is a pure joy. The book is an excellent resource although his fact checking on the second edition leaves a lot to be desired. I enjoy wine and have been fortunate to travel the world seeing vineyards and wineries up close from an early age. There is only one thing I care about is the quality of the wine I'm drinking and buying. The winery having an interesting history is nice to know but it should not affect their standing in the ratings. Only the quality of the current wines should. Unfortunately the author seems affected by peer pressure to rate wineries on how "interesting" they are. There are glaring omissions in discussing AVA's leaving out some of the biggest vineyards in the AVA.

Columbia Crest is I'll grant you a boring supermarket brand. But it delivers what customers and most (not the author) wine critics want. All the major wine publications rate their reserve wines extremely highly, in fact Wine Spectator recently named a Columbia Crest Reserve Cab the #1 wine in the world. For a decade now they have earned more 90 point ratings than any other winery in the world. The author only rates them four stars. Maybe he is offended that their barrel room at 14 acres is larger than some boutique vineyards. The author seems full of his own importance tasting over 20 wines a day and feeling that wineries should listen to critics. He never gets tired of self adulation. Wineries are not in the business of pleasing critics, especially one critic. They are in the business of selling wine to customers. That is how they stay in business. The author would do his readers, who are his customers, a huge service by saying which wineries do which styles well.
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Paul is knowledgeable and an able writer. This book will be a great introduction for budding Washington wine enthusiasts, and will offer some nuanced perspectives for those already versed. However, this book will need to be in a constant state of revision in the coming years, as new wineries are sprouting up constantly and viticultural areas continue to be added and refined. Overall, an informative read.
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