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Beyond Jefferson's Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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Richard Leahy began writing about wine with a regular column in the Connection Newspaper Group in 1986, and In 1993 he began contributing to the Charlottesville Business Journal on the emerging Virginia wine business, as well as to Vineyard & Winery Management, where he was made East Coast Editor, a position he held for a decade. Under Bruce Cass and Jancis Robinson MW he was Mid-Atlantic and Southern Editor for the groundbreaking Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America (2000) and a regional editor for Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide (Sterling, 2008-09). He wrote the foreword to Virginia Wine From Grapes to Glass by Walker Elliott Rowe (2009, The History Press) and was featured by Todd Kliman in his book The Wild Vine (2010, Crown Publishing/Random House). He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers and was enrolled in the Master of Wine program for four years. He presented a seminar at the annual conference of the Society of Wine Educators in July 2010 on “Top Virginia Wines Today” and is a member of the Board of Directors of “Drink Local Wine.”
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This second edition provides important updates to include coverage of the pioneers behind Virginia's hard cider revival, growing craft beer and spirits movement, the increasing role of social media, and some of the growing pains the industry has experienced. With expanded coverage of notable vintages, varieties, new wineries, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the industry, Beyond Jefferson’s Vines 2nd edition is an indispensable reference for savvy Virginia wine enthusiasts and field guide for those planning to visit the Commonwealth's wine country.