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California Wine For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-50654-7
288 pages
March 2009
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Introduction  1

Part I: The Big Picture of California Wine  9

Chapter 1: Introducing California Wines  11

Chapter 2: What’s in the Bottle  25

Chapter 3: Decoding the Label  41

Chapter 4: California’s Major Wine Regions  57

Part II: The Headliners  85

Chapter 5: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc  87

Chapter 6: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Their Blends  111

Chapter 7: Pinot Noir  135

Chapter 8: Zinfandel  159

Part III: More Reds, Whites, Pinks, and Bubblies  171

Chapter 9: Pinot Grigio, Rhône-Style Whites, and Other California Whites  173

Chapter 10: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Other Varietal Reds, and Red Blends  185

Chapter 11: Bubbly, Rosé, and Dessert Wines  207

Part IV: Enjoying California Wines  217

Chapter 12: Pairing and Sharing California Wines  219

Chapter 13: Making a Winery Pilgrimage  231

Part V: The Part of Tens  241

Chapter 14: Answers to Ten Common Questions about California Wine  243

Chapter 15: Ten Top Travel Destinations and Attractions  249

Index  257

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