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The New California Wine


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PART 1 - Searching for the New California
The New Winemakers
The Rise and Fall
The New Farming
The Secret Life of Grapes
The Myth of the Estate
The Table Wine Dilemma

PART 2 - The New Terroir: A California Road Trip
The Meaning of Place
Contra Costa County
Sierra Foothills
Santa Cruz Mountains
Anderson Valley
Santa Rita Hills
Paso Robles

PART 3 - Wines of the New California: A Guide
Pinot Noir
Revising the Rhone
The New Whites
Back to the Future

List of Producers

About the Author

"JON BONN is the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and covers wine, spirits and other libations throughout California and around the world. Previously Bonne was lifestyle editor and wine columnist for MSNBC.com and wine columnist for Seattle magazine, and has written for such publications as Food & Wine and Budget Travel. His work in food and wine journalism has earned awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @jbonne."


"Bonne's intelligence and knowledge are on full display in this book. There is no better guide to delicious wines from California."
-Edward Behr, The Art of Eating

"A wonderful, engaging read...a great gift for any wine lover"
-S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

"The New California Wine delivers some of the most insightful wine writing you'll read anywhere. This is the real skinny on cutting-edge California wine from somebody who's on the ground, knows his stuff, and could care less about offending the Establishment."
-Matt Kramer, author and columnist for Wine Spectator

"Jon Bonne brings a clear-eyed perspective to California; this book offers a fresh look at a mature wine culture heading in surprising directions. Its new leaders are all here; its old scams get some brusque treatment, too. Essential, pithy, easy reading."
-Hugh Johnson, author of The World Atlas of Wine

"An impeccably timed, beautifully written book chronicling a profound generational shift in California winemaking. Required reading for any sommelier, retailer, or consumer who's left California behind for other pastures-it's time to come home!"
-David Lynch, owner/wine director of St. Vincent Tavern and Wine Merchant and author of Vino Italiano

"An incisive assessment of the California wine industry: its current state, fascinating history, and future in the hands of a new generation of winemakers."
-Paul Draper, winemaker at Ridge Vineyards

"There are few greater authorities on California wine than Jon Bonne. Dispassionate but engaged, enthused but objective, Bonne brings a forensic rigor to his work. But The New California Wine is no textbook, in spite of its comprehensive scope. Instead, Bonne's narrative moves at a rattling pace, delving into California's colorful past and vividly describing its future. A must-read for anyone who is serious about the state's wine."
-Guy Woodward, former editor at Decanter

"A gutsy, inspiring book driven by the same ideals as the movement it has so gracefully defined. Not only has Bonne delivered one of the most important and relevant books on California wine ever written, he's also redefined our notions of the wine book. The New California Wine is at once a manifesto, a guidebook, and a narrative peek inside the motives and methods of California's new avant-garde."
-Talia Baiocchi, editor-in-chief, Punch

"Big, jammy, oaky, buttery? Guess again. Bonne, the San Francisco Chronicle's wine editor, turns expectations of California wines on their head, profiling new producers, growing areas, and approaches to winemaking that are yielding all sorts of exciting bottles. Brisk, elegant, steely and most of all, nuanced-with this seminal account of a vinicultural revolution, these are the adjectives with which we will now be describing the Golden State's wines."
-Betsy Andrews, www.saveur.com

"As wine editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Bonne has been positioned perfectly to observe the profound pendulum swing in style and attitude that has occurred among California winemakers over the last decade. While "revolution" may be too strong a term if simply tracking public tastes and sales figures, it nonetheless captures a sense of mental liberation among winemakers and consumers freed from a stultifying, dominant style that Mr. Bonne labels "Big Flavor.'"
-Eric Asimov, www.nytimes.com

"Jon Bonne's new book is a wonderful, engaging read with a cast of characters who think outside the box, care about sustainability and have a strong curiosity and work ethic."

"A Favorite Cookbook of 2013"-KCRW

"Beyond its strong storytelling, Bonne's book offers an history lesson and a practical guide to the new stars, from Paso Robles syrah to a "neo-Friulian" white blend from Napa's Massican that "sums up all the changes from California." Not surprisingly, it contains no chardonnay."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

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