A History of Virginia Wines: From Grapes to Glass

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Go beyond the bottle and step inside the minds, and vines, of Virginia's burgeoning wine industry in this groundbreaking volume. Join grape grower and industry insider Walker Elliott Rowe as he guides you through some of the top vineyards and wineries in the Old Dominion. Rowe explores the minds of pioneering winemakers and vineyard owners, stitches together an account of the wine industry's foundation in Virginia, from Jamestown to Jefferson to Barboursville, and uncovers the fascinating missing chapter in Virginia wine history. As the Philip Carter Winery's motto explains, "Before there was Jefferson, there was Carter." Rowe goes behind the scenes to interview migrant workers who toil daily in the vineyards, makes the rounds in Richmond with an industry lobbyist and talks shop with winemakers on the science and techniques that have helped put the Virginia wine industry on the map. Also included are twenty-four stunning color photographs from professional photographer Jonathan Timmes and a foreword by noted wine journalist Richard Leahy.
ISBN: 9781596297012
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: American Palate
Images: 47
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Walker Elliott Rowe is a grape farmer, goat rancher and winery investor located in Rappahannock County. He has written three books on wine, including two on the wines of Virginia and one on the wineries and vineyards of Chile. Mr. Rowe is an MBA graduate of the George Washington University and holds a BS in mathematics from the University of South Carolina. He blogs on agriculture at www.rosewoodhillfarm.com. Richard Leahy has been writing about Virginia wine since 1986 in a variety of media. He has been the East Coast editor and director of Eastern Programs for Vineyard & Winery Management, a leading wine trade publication, since 1999, and coordinates the seminar program for Wineries Unlimited, the largest trade show for the industry east of the Rockies. Mr. Leahy organized the Virginia Wine Experience in London, which brought the top sixty-four Virginia wines there for leading British wine media and trade to taste in May 2007. He was a regional editor for Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide and was mid-Atlantic and southern editor for the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the Circle of Wine Writers, and he lives in Charlottesville. Mr. Leahy has a website and blog focused on wines of Virginia and the East: www.richardleahy.com/blog. Jonathan Timmes is a freelance photographer based in Metro Washington, D.C. Building upon his background as a painter and musician, Jonathan has developed an artistic and honest approach to storytelling through his photographs. He finds his inspiration in the creative risk-taking process and is driven by the educational exploration of photography. His style has evolved over the years and is marked by his conceptual lighting techniques and dramatic, yet simple, use of color and composition. www.jonathantimmes.com
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