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The Winemaker's Dance


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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Place and the Notion 1. Birth of a Valley 2. The Underpinnings of Terroir THE TOURS: PART ONE 3. Great Wine Begins with Dirt 4. The Land and Its Climate 5. Civilizing the Vine THE TOURS: PART TWO 6. The Winery: Preserving Character or Shaping Style? 7. The Winemaker's Dance 8. Some Final, and Fundamental, Issues Bibliography Index

About the Author

Jonathan Swinchatt, a geologist by training, writes and produces educational video programs about earth and earth science; he is the author of The Foundations of Wine in the Napa Valley: Geology, Landscape, and Climate. David G. Howell is a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, and author of Principles of Terrane Analysis (second edition, 1995). Together they produced the video EarthNectar, which explores relationships between earth and wine in the Napa Valley.


"The Winemaker's Dance is a revelation for both the enophile and the neophyte wine drinker." - David Graves, cofounder, Saintsbury Winery; "A page-turner on wine and geology? Here it is. Anyone who has ever suspected that there's more to a glass of wine than mere grape juice will want to accompany Swinchatt and Howell on a fascinating trip to the heart of Napa Valley terroir." - Rod Smith, wine writer for the Los Angeles Times and Wine & Spirits magazine"

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