By Gary L Peters

ISBN-10: 081332856X

ISBN-13: 9780813328560

ISBN-10: 1429491450

ISBN-13: 9781429491457

Winescapes are precise agricultural landscapes which are formed via the presence of vineyards, wine-making actions, and the wineries the place wines are produced and saved. the place viticulture is profitable it transforms the neighborhood panorama right into a mix of agriculture, undefined, and tourism. This publication demystifies viticulture in a fashion that is helping the reader comprehend the environmental and monetary stipulations beneficial within the artwork and perform of wine making.Distinctive features of the e-book comprise a close dialogue of greater than thirty grape cultivars, an outline of wine areas round the state, and a survey of wine guides and fairs. Gary Peters discusses the most important environmental stipulations affecting viticulture, specially climate and weather, and descriptions the unique difficulties the faces from loss of capital, pageant, and altering public tastes.

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As British wine writer Jancis Robinson (1%8G: t 80) noted: Quantitatively, the Viognier vine hardly deserves a mention in this hook. h y qualitathe assessment of the world"s wines, on the other hand, tends to linger over the intriping Mopier, . . Viopier produces kll-bodied, gc3ldcn wines with a haltnting and tantalisingly elusive bouquet. Some say rnay blossorn, others apricots; others musky peaches . . wen ripe pears just below the skin. . V o p i e r works a 111a@cof its own, Although reasonably drought-tolerant, Viognier vines are often troubled by powdery mildew.

T h e name, though not the vine, may have heen a corruption of the Austrian Zierfandler. esting that Zinfandel, as we know it mday, derived from the Primitivo variety mentioned above. It now is believed, however, that the Primitivu arrived in Italy some time ~fierit arrived in America. For some time, a few ampelographers believed that Zinfandel might also share some link with the Plavac Mali grape found in Dalmatia. " Rcjbards also noted that this region was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from which Waraszthy returned with his cuttings in 1861, adding credence to the original story that Waraszthy had brought this cultivar to California.

Those who wish to continue consuming wines with meals without mortgaging their homes to buy them should hope for more plantings of mldvars such as tliis one. L V In recent years Petite Verdot, still another red grape grown in Bordeaux (where it is known as Petit Verdot), has commanded the highest price of any California wine grape in some recent years (an average of $1,599 per ton in 1994, compared to $862 per ton for Cabernet Sauvignon). Its high price reflect5 both an increased appreciation of its high quality and its current scarcity.

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