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Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest: A Guide to the Wine Countries of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho Paperback – August 3, 2010
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“Offer[s] much in the way of practical information.” —The New York Times
“Danehower offers the most sparklingly concise and well-rounded primer on Northwest wines in recent years.” —The Oregonian
“A useful addition to a wine lover’s library.” —Crosscut.com
“Read this book and you’ll get a schooling, and not just in Pacific Northwest wines.” —NorthWest Stir blog
“As I read about winemakers I know and vineyards I’ve visited while peering at photos of many of my favorite places in the great Northwest, I can only say, ‘Bravo, and mission accomplished.’” —Al Dente blog
“Helps both industry newcomers and veterans explore new wines and new ways of succeeding in the restaurant wine business.” —Sommelier Journal
“Finally someone has written a definitive book on the wine regions of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Idaho. Certainly author Cole Danehower is the one most qualified to do it.” —The Prince of Pinot
“The perfect wine-tasting tour guide.” —SciTech Book News
“A travelogue of the region’s representative wineries, [Danehower] touches on topics such as why wine grapes are superior to table varieties for wine-making purposes, climatic effects on grapes, stylistic differences in Northwest wines and key wine-making terms. A virtual operator’s manual for Northwest winemaking.” —OregonLive.com
“The gorgeous book includes maps, contact information, and production notes, and some truly breathtaking photos from the photographer.” —Daily Andy blog
“A beautiful overview to Pacific Northwest wine country.” —Bellingham Herald
“Offers a wealth of information for both the wine novice and the avid connoisseur, in a very easy to digest format. The book is technical and sophisticated enough for the wine savvy, while interesting and engaging even for the neophyte.” —Sip with Me blog
“This is a book to savor. . . . a book wine writers, wine drinkers and Northwest wine lovers will turn to again and again — a testament to a young but exciting, exploratory and established wine region that has found a place on the world’s wine stage.” —Oregon Wine Press Magazine
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To be clear I do not have in depth knowledge of the Northwest, was seeking it along the same lines as provided by Matt Kramer in "Making Sense of Burgundy", Remington Norman's book "The Great Domaines of Burgundy" or Allen Meadows wine publication "The Burghound". Having read most serious wine books, focusing on Bordeaux, Burgundy, PN and CNDP (with an occasional into Brunello), I offer caution with this review because of concern my viewpoint may be misaligned with most readers.
Pros? Very nice photos that really take you to the wine regions included. Also very thorough listings of major wineries all broken down by sub-region. Each sub-region also has a brief write up describing the climate and soil as well as the style of wines produced.
The wine regions include Southern Oregon, Oregon's Willamette Valley, the Columbia Gorge, Washington State (Columbia Valley, Walla Walla, and others) and British Columbia. The inclusion of Southern Oregon I felt was a nice touch.
The Kindle edition loses some of the fun of having the actual book, but it's a great deal. At least you can preview the book by buying the Kindle version, then if you really like it you can get the paperback. I recommend that route. It's great for the NW wine lover or traveler.
As a beginning wine enthusiast, it is a well written book which I read prior to visiting Woodenville, WA and it help me focus on the regions and winemakers I found interesting from the book.
Also purchased Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide which was also very well done. The new edition was not available before I traveled to WA. Much greater detail, nice to have both.