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Book cover of Elaine Chukan Brown's guide, The Wines of California, with rolling hills and vineyards. Published by Academie du Vin Library.

The Wines of California

By (author) Elaine Chukan Brown


Publishing 26th Feb 2025
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  • Elaine Chukan Brown is a prolific commentator on the wines of California and a speaker at events around the globe
  • California produces and exports more wine than most countries so for any serious wine enthusiast this is an essential addition to the Classic Wine Library
  • Looks beyond the prestige names and big exporters to explore the varied and innovative winemaking across the state
Full Description

As the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, California could easily be written about in multiple regional installments, but here California wine expert Elaine Chukan Brown presents serious readers and students of wine with a single concise, complete, smartly delivered and cohesive book on the subject. The book is divided into three major sections. The first presents the key ideas that help make sense of California wine as a whole, including the history of California wine in brief, how the topography delivers California’s overarching climatic and soil conditions, and the basics of vineyard and winery factors relevant to the state. The large middle section of the book examines each of the California wine regions in turn. The focus through this regional section is on the growing conditions within the particular region, varietal trends, how location has factored into each region’s historical development, and how to differentiate the recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within the region. Key facts are summarized in easy-reference boxes within the text. Significant producers who have had an influence on the development of the region are discussed and highlighted in the body of the text as well as featuring in a quick-reference box at the end of each chapter. In the third major section Chukan Brown takes an analytical look at the industry now and by looking at key themes that have emerged in the industry examines what the future may hold for Californian wines.

About the Author

Elaine Chukan Brown is a writer, speaker, and illustrator. They are a writer for Decanter and Wine & Spirits Magazine and served as American wine specialist at Elaine runs Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews, which has been rated among the world’s leading wine blogs, and has led seminars in China, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, and throughout the United States. Elaine speaks at leading wine events, including the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, Pinot Noir NZ, Texsom, and ProWein.

Academie du Vin Library
Publish date
26th Feb 2025
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
6.14 in x 9.21 in
384 Pages
30 color
Name of series
The Classic Wine Library
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