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The Winemaker's Hand


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Preface Introduction Tracing the Historic Wine Trail Conversations with Winemakers The United States California Napa Valley * Joel Burt-Domaine Chandon * Cathy Corison-Corison Winery * Bill Dyer-Dyer Vineyard * Dawnine Dyer-Dyer Vineyard * Miljenko "Mike" Grgich-Grgich Hills Estate and Croatia * Chris Phelps-Swanson Vineyards and Ad Vivum * Michael Scholz-St. Supery Winery * Spring Mountain District * Stuart Smith-Smith-Madrone Vineyards and Winery * David Stevens-Consultant * Tom Tiburzi-Domaine Chandon * Ernie Weir-Hagafen Cellars * John Williams-Frog's Leap Winery Los Carneros * Armand Ceja-Ceja Vineyards * Stephane Vivier-HdV Winery and Vivier Wines Mendocino * John Chiarito-Chiarito Vineyard Sonoma * Guy Davis-Davis Family Vineyards New York State Finger Lakes * Peter B. Saltonstall-King Ferry Winery and Treleaven Wines Long Island * Joe Macari Jr.-Macari Vineyard * Kelly Urbanik-Macari Vineyard North Carolina * Sharon Fenchak-Biltmore Estate Oregon * Sheila Nicholas-Anam Cara Cellars Chile Casablanca Valley * Grant Phelps-Casas del Bosque England * Cherie Spriggs-Nyetimber Vineyard France Bordeaux * Margaux * Philippe Delfaut-Chateau Kirwin * Alexander van Beek-Chateaux du Tertre and Giscours-and Caiarossa Graves * Olivier Bernard-Domaine de Chevalier Sauternes * Xavier Planty-Chateau Guirard Burgundy * Etienne de Montille Italy Friuli * Giovanni Dri-Il Roncat Lombardy * Andrea Peri-Peri Bigogno Winery Sicily * Alessio Planeta-Planeta Winery and Vineyards Soave * Giovanni Ponchia-Consorzio Tutela Tuscany * Sergio Gargari-Pieve de' Pitti * Filippo Rocchi-Castelvecchio Veneto * Cristian Ridolfi-Casa Vinicola Bertani Portugal Duoro * Casimiro Alves-Vercoope Cooperative * Domingos Soares Franco-Jose Maria Da Fonseca Spain Rioja * Pedro Benito Saez-Bodegas Urbina de Crianza * Oscar Montana Porres-Marques de Tomares Wineries Germany Mosel * Raimund Prum-S. A. Prum Greece Santorini * Yiannis Paraskevopoulos-Gaia Wines Slovenia * Jurij Brumec-Sanctum Israel Golan Heights * Micha Vaadia-Galil Mountain Winery Conclusion The Aroma Wheel Glossary of Wine Terms Glossary of Wine Varietals

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The Winemaker's Hand is the next best thing to visiting a winery and chatting with a vintner. Natalie Berkowitz's fascinating interviews feature more than forty winemakers from diverse wine-producing regions describing the myriad factors that shape the complex process of converting grapes into wine. Winemakers from the United States, Chile, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain explain the factors that work to create a wide spectrum of wines across the globe. They offer rare insights into the impact of local terroirs and the vagaries of nature on historic and innovative winemaking practices. Most important, these conversations show how a winemaker's training, passion, artistry, experience, and traditions combine to shape their wines. This book features personal recipes, maps, and a history of each winemaking region. An aroma wheel captures the vast array of wine's complex flavors and scents.

About the Author

Natalie Berkowitz is a wine, food, and lifestyle writer. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and many other publications. She is also the author of the blog Winealicious. She taught a wine appreciation course to seniors at Barnard College and Columbia University for over a decade.


Few if any wine writers have devoted as much time and care as Berkowitz to the disparate paths to evolution of the winemaker's emotional intelligence that result in memorable wines from around the world. -- Armand Gilinsky, Sonoma State University A unique book. I learned from the interviews why certain wines are my favorites and constantly stand out from all others. -- Robert Gutenstein, Member of Council International Wine and Food Society and former President of The Wine and Food Society - New York For those who are serious about understanding the essence of fine wine, The Winemaker's Hand is a must. Through this book wine lovers can travel, at least vicariously, to important wine regions and experience the dedication and passion of vintners. Special wines come from special places. And special wines are made by special people. This book is special, too -- worthy of its subject and deserving of your attention. Savor it as you would the wines of the talented enologists who inspire its story. -- Anthony Verdoni, "The Wine Professor" and host of Eat Drink Italy with Vic Rallo These interviews with winemakers from all over the world present an irresistible opportunity for other winemakers, students of winemaking and wine lovers in general to get inside their heads. The author has these fascinating people talking informally about their diverse paths to winemaking, and what influences their winemaking decisions and preferences. This is an insider's look at a life that many would envy. -- Michaela Rodeno, Co-owner Villa Ragazzi Winery andformer CEO of St. Supery Winery Natalie's in-depth research and interviews with top winemakers from all over the world are compelling and authoritative. The dialogue with each winemaker is an intimate look at the individual nature of winemaking along with the artistry and passion it takes to create world-class wines -- Jack Daniels, President and Founder, Wilson Daniels The Winemaker's Hand... is full of valuable interviews, research and insight, giving voice to the vintners. Newsday A joy to browse, The Winemaker's Hand is especially recommended for sophisticated wine connoisseurs. Midwest Book Review

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