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Washington Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide Hardcover – October 19, 2007

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

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"Unquestionably the most comprehensive book on the topic, Washington Wines and Wineries is a new benchmark in learning about this exciting wine region."—Evan Goldstein, author of Perfect Pairings

"I never miss a chance for lunch or a tasting with Paul Gregutt. He is an eclectic student of wine and an astute taster who never takes himself too seriously. But his Washington Wines & Wineries is a serious publication. The number of Washington wineries has exploded since the turn of the millennium. There are several important new AVAs. Many wonderful wines are being made. So there was an urgent need for this splendid new guide, written with passion and authority. 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (October 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520248694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520248694
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,219,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought I knew a lot about Washington wine before I read Paul Gregutt's book. No, HE knows a lot about Washington wine and I have just been schooled. I picked the book up at OS winery in the SSAW district in Seattle and could not put it down until I finished it. The book is divided into three sections: The history of Washington wine including both wine makers, wineries, and the best vineyards; a thorough review of the top 25% of the state's 500+ wineries, subdivided into three sections based on the length of time the wineries have been contributing consistently to the Washington wine industry; and a section on "foreign" imported winemakers who have been wise enough to relocate to Washington as well as what the most influential players in the Washington wine scene see for the future of the state. Gregutt uses his own rating system of 100 points that is completely different from the standards of RP, WA or WS, and I feel more accurate. He mentions literally dozens of bottles to seek out, which I have (at least a few) in the short time since reading the last page; I am not disappointed. This leads me to the conclusion that this book will serve as my guide for wine purchases going forward. Washington wine, although relatively young as an industry, consistently engages my palette with intriguing flavors that tread the line between California fruit forward and French earthy wines, thus creating its own world-class style. Gregutt explains why this is and gives a solid foundation for understanding terroir and the various AVAs in Washington State. Washington wine rightly deserves the accolades it gets, but also confounds as to why it is not more famous globally. Gregutt addresses this conundrum. Lastly, Gregutt's writing style is lively and entertaining and his abilities as the state's premier wine writer are fully on display when he gives notes on all of the state's great wines. My prediction is that time will prove this book to be the most important ever written on Washington wine.
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Paul Gregutt does an exceptional job of exploring Washington wine history and all that it entails. It not only validates many things that I knew from my own observations, it is also very educational. I learned much from his book and I will refer to it frequently in the future. I especially liked the rating process Paul developed for the wineries explored in the book. It made sense to me once I got past the idea that being below 90 on a 1 to 100 point scale can still be exceptional. This is a must read for anyone interested in Washington wines.
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No wine writer knows more about Washington wines than Paul Gregutt.
This book is very thorough in its discussion of the history, appellations, grape varieties, top vineyards and top wineries of Washington State. He makes a persuasive case for why Washington wines are world-class.
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As Gregutt himself says, fifteen years ago a book like this might have covered every winery in the state and maybe also all of the vineyards. Today he can write this book focusing on only the top 25% most significant wineries and vineyards and it's still a lot of information to take in.

Washington is one of the most exciting wine areas in the world. The growth in output is spectacular, but even more spectacular is the growth in international reputation. Gregutt tries to take the reader behind the scenes and into the history of wine in Washington.

At the same time, he explains that everything he is writing about is still in flux. Even the oldest vineyards are usually still run by the person who planted the first vines, and Washington is still searching for exactly what its real specialties are going to be.

It would be interesting to revisit this book in 20, 50, or 200 years and see what has become of Washington wines by that time.

This is not a boring list of "90-point" wines, or really even a guide to individual wines or wineries at all. Instead it is about the wine industry and wine scene in the state.
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Let Paul Gregutt be your guide through the nation's second largest wine producer - Washington State. If you're a certified cork-dork or a newbie, this is a must read. Paul explores Washington's wine history to the finished product. The read is far from textbook as I enjoyed Paul's sense of humor and honesty throughout the book.
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Paul Gregutt truly understands Washington wine, and it is very well demonstrated in his book (Washington Wines and Wineries). Paul does a terrific job covering the history of the Washington wine industry and many of the top vineyards. The most intriguing part of the book has to be the way Paul provides detailed information on the "Top 25%" of the states wineries. Since many of the top Washington wines are produced in limited quanity by very young wineries, this book provides a much needed resource to help navigate through the current releases. Whether you are a newcomer to Washington wine or a connoisseur, this book is a must read.
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Gregutt is Washington's premier wine writer. Considering the state is now home to over 800 wineries, you really do need a scorecard to keep track. Even though the book is now eight years old, it contains a ton of still-valid and useful information. Here's hoping he writes a second edition.
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Serious book about the wines of the Pacific Northwest. This is not an easy breezy read. Univerisity level Ph D. dissertation level writing. Probably boring to most wines drinkers. Extremely informative, but zero entertainment potential.
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