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Wine Across America: A Photographic Road Trip Hardcover – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wineviews Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962522767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962522765
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* A spectacular tour through all 50 states, featuring the unique people, beautiful places, and passionate lifestyle behind America's growing love affair with wine.
* Contains 300 full-color photos of the wineries, their vineyards, harvests, celebrations, wine labels, winery doors, and grape leaves, as well as dramatic portraits of winery owners, winemakers, and workers.
* Includes special sections devoted to regional wine growing, distinctly American wine labels, a map showing the number of wineries in every state, and an index of wine facts.
* Chuck O'Rear's books have sold more than 250,000 copies.

About the Author

DAPHNE LARKIN is a writer specializing in the wine industry. She is a former United Nations journalist, reporter for Newsweek, television news writer, and senior vice president of corporate communications for a Fortune 500 corporation. She lives in Napa Valley, California.
CHARLES O’REAR photographed for National Geographic for 25 years and since 1990 has produced four books on wine. He began photographing winemaking when he moved to Napa Valley in 1978, and today owns the largest collection of wine photography in the United States. He resides in beautiful St. Helena, California.

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A great coffee table book.
S. Wells
It is a great book for any wine connoisseur.
Photo buff
A tantalizing road trip to follow!
P. Hunt

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Creedman on September 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you think that there's no more juice to squeeze from the vine that yields books about wine, you had better think again. And if you believe that good wines come only from the favored regions of California, you're in for a delightful surprise.
Because the luminous new volume from photographer Chuck O'Rear and his writer wife, Daphne Larkin, celebrates how the skills and values involved in making fine wine have spread very quietly until the art now stretches from sea to shining sea...and beyond. In fact, as this book makes graphically clear, wine is produced in all fifty states and much of it is quite good.
Spread over 224 thick, glossy pages,Wine Across America: A Photographic Road Trip, turns up some fascinating people, uncovers some unique locations, and delivers more happy surprises than a great bottle of Cabernet, like three pages of coast-to-coast labels and a four page fold-out photograph that seems to surround the reader.

Their evidence that wine-making has spread to every state is compelling, but what this talented team has produced goes a long way beyond just the facts. O'Rear's photographic eye is always on point and just about every photo in the book is gallery-worthy (which one might expect from someone who has been responsible for more than 25 National Geographic articles). Larkin's ear for the rhythms of the regions and her enthusiasm for her subjects make the spare text a joy. I wish there even more stories by the winemakers explaining why and how they became so totally involved with the vine and barrel. But that's a small quibble.

The bottom line is that for anyone who likes wine and enjoys people, Wine Across America is a great choice.

Michael Creedman
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Krist on September 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book for anyone who appreciates good wine and great photography. Mr. O'Rear, a long time National Geographic shooter, has made a specialty of photographing the wine industry the world over, and this book came about when he discovered that there were working wineries in every state in the country. Along with writer Daphne Larkin, He set out on a two-year, 80,000 mile odyssey to photograph them.
The result is a stunning collection of beautiful, and informative photographs, and insightful text. Mr. O'Rear gives it the full, National Geographic treatment, so we see great landscapes, graphic aerials, and insightful portraits. The layout, printing, and pacing of the book are first rate, and the thoroughness of the coverage even includes reproductions of bottles and labels from all 50 states. It's the perfect gift for the wine lover or photographer in the family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. McCarthy on May 2, 2008
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Somehow I didn't fully grasp from the Web page that this is a coffee-table picture book of photos of wineries across America--it is NOT a guide or travelogue you could use to visit wineries as you drive across country, which is what I wanted. I allowed myself to be misled by the words "Road Trip" in the title. It's not even a narrative of the authors' driving around the country visiting wineries!

In fact, you can't *use* this book at all, you can only look at the pictures, because there is no map of where these wineries are, or addresses to find them. Not what I had in mind, and this mismatch is why I give it a low score. (As a picture book, though, it's pretty.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan McWilliams on October 25, 2007
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Wine Across America is more than just a pretty face. Along with drop-dead gorgeous photos, the reader will find lively text full of fascinating information on U.S. wine regions both familiar and little-known. Vineyards are planted in the Arizona desert. The first American AVA was in Missouri. Who knew?
And, sprinkled through the text are factoids certain to delight the lover of wine trivia. Here's a book that should appeal to novice and connoisseur alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Fuhrman on September 28, 2007
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This handsome coffee table book would make a fantastic gift for anyone interested in wine or who lives in the areas the book covers. It's based on a surprising notion: that wine is made in each of the 50 American states -- yes, even North Dakota, Hawaii, Alaska, and all those other places you are at first stunend to learn are actually turning out decent wine in gorgeous surroundings, which these photographs make clear. The photos and text, mostly in the form of captions, but also short essays, take you on a lovely journey around America's wine countries -- all 50 of them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Photo buff on February 8, 2008
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I read a review of this book in a photography magazine and thought the photography must be strong. They were correct. It combines wonderful photography with a fun story of an 80,000 mile roadtrip by the author and photographer, who are married. They find vineyards and winemaking businesses in all 50 states. It is a great book for any wine connoisseur.
It makes a great coffee table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bette K. Cowie on December 8, 2007
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Beautiful Book! You can spend five minutes or countless hours with it. Super gift for anyone who likes wine, interesting people, awesome scenery, or unusual architecture. It solved our gift problems this year!!
I'm also pleased that small, off the beaten path wineries, not just the well known were featured.
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