By Charles L. Sullivan, Hugh Johnson
California is the nation's nice winery, offering grapes for many of the wine produced within the usa. The kingdom is domestic to greater than seven-hundred wineries, and California's leading wines are well-known in the course of the global. yet previously there was no complete consultant to California wine and winemaking. Charles L. Sullivan's A spouse to California Wine admirably fills that gap--here is the reference paintings for shoppers, wine writers, manufacturers, and scholars.Sullivan's encyclopedic instruction manual strains the Golden State's wine from its venture interval and Gold Rush origins all the way down to final year's planting and classic statistics. All elements of wine are incorporated, and wine creation from vine propagation to bottling is defined in straight forward language. There are entries for a few 750 wineries, either old and modern; for greater than a hundred wine grape kinds, from Aleatico to Zinfandel; and for wine kinds from claret to vermouth--all given in a old context.In the book's foreword the doyen of wine writers, Hugh Johnson, tells of his personal forty-year appreciation of California wine and its heritage. "Charles Sullivan's Companion," he provides, "will give you the grist for debate, hypothesis, and memory any longer. With admirable dispassion he units ahead of us simply what has occurred within the plot so far."
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Concentrating on Pinot noir and Chardonnay, Acacia emphasized single-vine-yard wines for both varietals, but reduced yields forced them to modify this approach. After a try at wines in a red Bordeaux style in 1984, the partnership dissolved and the winery was sold to CHALONE* in 1986. In the 1990s Acacia raised its total annual production to about 55,000 cases, mostly of Chardonnay, and about 1,000 cases of sparkling wine. The second label is Caviste. The winery buildings are surrounded by the 42-acre Marina Vineyard.
Perhaps it is simply the closeness of even ancient historyby California standardsthat makes the past so palpable and the present so richly textured. In northern California history is just two biblical lifetimes longand none of the bravura of the first of those lives has been forgotten, or allowed to die. For modern purposes it is easy to divide the story of California wine into two. Pre-Prohibition we can call Pioneer. That's what it looks like from herealthough such monumental establishments as Greystone or Inglenook or the vast Kohler & Froehling wine warehouse that was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fire certainly didn't feel that way to the armies of cellarmen and clerks who manned them.
From A to Z I have written and interrelated the entries with the clear understanding of the need for and the current lack of a comprehensive history of California wine and the acknowledgment Page xii that a reference work such as this Companion cannot supply the interpretative content or narrative continuity to be found in a well-wrought history. I do, however, believe that here the reader can pursue broad topics in the world of California wine and acquire a sound understanding of them. The existence of cross-references has been indicated by the typographical device of small capitals and, for some, the addition of an asterisk, by which I mean to prod the reader to go to the entry indicated for information that will expand on or give depth to the entry in which the asterisk is encountered.
A companion to California wine: an encyclopedia of wine and winemaking from the mission period to the present by Charles L. Sullivan, Hugh Johnson