California's Napa Valley is one of the world's premier wine regions today, but this has not always been true. James Lapsley's entertaining history explains how a collective vision of excellence among winemakers and a keen sense of promotion transformed the region and its wines following the repeal of Prohibition. Focusing primarily on the ...Read MoreCalifornia's Napa Valley is one of the world's premier wine regions today, but this has not always been true. James Lapsley's entertaining history explains how a collective vision of excellence among winemakers and a keen sense of promotion transformed the region and its wines following the repeal of Prohibition. Focusing primarily on the formative years of Napa's fine winemaking, 1934 to 1967, Lapsley then concludes with a chapter on the wine boom of the 1970s, placing it in a social context and explaining the role of Napa vineyards in the beverage's growing popularity. Names familiar to wine drinkers occur throughout these pages--Beaulieu, Beringer, Charles Krug, Christian Brothers, Louis Martini, Inglenook--and the colorful stories behind the names give this book a personal dimension. These strong-willed, competitive winemakers found ways to work cooperatively, both in sharing knowledge and technology and in promoting their region. The result was an unprecedented improvement in wine quality that brought with it a new reputation for the Napa Valley. In "The Silverado Squatters," Robert Louis Stevenson refers to wine as "bottled poetry," and although Stevenson's reference was to the elite vineyards of France, his words are appropriate for Napa wines today. Their success, as Lapsley makes clear, is due to much more than the beneficence of sun and soil. Craft, vision, and determination have played a part too, and for that, wine drinkers the world over are grateful.Read Less
Lapsley, James T. BOTTLED POETRY; NAPA WINEMAKING FROM PROHIBITION TO THE MODERN ERA. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1996. first printing. 296pp., index, bibliography, black and white photographs. 8vo. as new unread hardcover in d/j.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. University of California Press. 1997. 301 pgs. First Edition/First Printing. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page. DJ in excellent shape, unclipped and with no tears present. Previous owner's bookplate present on the reverse of the front board. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. 842; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 301 pages; Signed by Author.
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