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Back Lane Wineries of Napa is a guide to wineries where you can find excellent handcrafted wines made by on-site proprietors, often with only local distribution and limited production, places where wine tasting gets down-to-earth—no one needs to show off how developed his or her palate is. These are often also where sustainable and organic viticulture is being pioneered. Above all, these are wines that are likely to be a new experience, and among the back-lane wineries of Napa, there are still discoveries to be made.
Tilar J. Mazzeo reveals a different side of the valley—a place that’s vibrant, young, and far more accessible and friendly than you might assume. In addition to the profiles of more than seventy wineries, there are Wine Tasting Essentials, Wine Shipping Services, an overview of the area, ideas about how to plan an itinerary, the etiquette of tasting, general prices, and much more practical information. There are also restaurant suggestions and local attractions that can be worked into an itinerary spontaneously.
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Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma (The Little Bookroom) and the New York Times best-selling “oenobiography” The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It—which has been recognized by Gourmand as the Best Work of Wine Literature in the United States for 2008. A member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, Mazzeo divides her time between the California wine country and the East Coast, where she is a professor of English at Colby College.
Photographer and filmmaker Paul Hawley is a wine country native, raised on his family vineyard overlooking the Dry Creek Valley. His feature film, Corked, premiered at film festivals in 2008.
"It's easy to Google 'Napa wineries' and end up with plenty of big name wineries with daily tours and souvenir shops. But what of those off the beaten path? Back Lane Wineries of Napa and its sister book for Sonoma are guides to 70 small wineries making quality, hard-to-find handcrafted wines.” –San Francisco Chronicle
"Drink a toast to Napa Valley. But let us praise less famous wineries in the legendary California wine-growing region. Back Lane Wineries of Napa takes the reader off the beaten path to friendly, down-to-earth establishments where the wines are made by on-site proprietors." –Pittsburgh-Tribune Review
"More than 70 wineries are profiled in the handy volume, which also features restaurant and local attraction listings." –San Francisco Examiner
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