Zinfandel A History of a Grape and Its Wine

ISBN-10: 0520239695
ISBN-13: 9780520239692
Edition: 2003
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Description: The Zinfandel grape--currently producing big, rich, luscious styles of red wine--has a large, loyal, even fanatical following in California and around the world. The grape, grown predominantly in California, has acquired an almost mythic status--in  More...

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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/2/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 246
Size: 8.25" wide x 6.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The Zinfandel grape--currently producing big, rich, luscious styles of red wine--has a large, loyal, even fanatical following in California and around the world. The grape, grown predominantly in California, has acquired an almost mythic status--in part because of the caliber of its wines and its remarkable versatility, and in part because of the mystery surrounding its origins. Charles Sullivan, a leading expert on the history of California wine, has at last written the definitive history of Zinfandel. Here he brings together his deep knowledge of wine with the results of his extensive research on the grape in the United States and Europe in a book that will entertain and enlighten wine aficionados and casual enthusiasts. In this lively book, Sullivan dispels the false legend that has obscured Zinfandel's history for almost a century, reveals the latest scientific findings about the grape's European roots, shares his thoughts on the quality of the wines now being produced, and looks to the future of this remarkable grape. Sullivan reconstructs Zinfandel's journey through history--taking us from Austria to the East Coast of the U.S. in the 1820s, to Gold Rush California, and through the early days of the state's wine industry. He considers the ups and downs of the grape's popularity, including its most recent and, according to Sullivan, most brilliant "up." He also unravels the two great mysteries surrounding Zinfandel: the myth of Agoston Haraszthy's role in importing Zinfandel, and the heated controversy over the relationship between California Zinfandel and Italian Primitivo. Sullivan ends with his assessments of the 2001 and 2002 vintages, firmly setting the history of Zinfandel into the chronicles of grape history.

#60;b#62;Charles Taliaferro#60;/b#62; is Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College, and the author and editor of 11 books, including #60;i#62;Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion Since the Seventeenth Century#60;/i#62; (2005). He is on the editorial board of #60;i#62;American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy Compass, Sophia#60;/i#62;, and #60;i#62;Religious Studies#60;/i#62;, and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford, Princeton, NYU, and Columbia universities.#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Paul Draper#60;/b#62; is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University, and a former president of the Society for Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of "Pain and Pleasure: An Evidential Problem for Theists" (1989) and the editor of #60;i#62;God or Blind Nature? Philosophers Debate the Evidence#60;/i#62; (2007). He is editor of #60;i#62;Philo: A Journal of Philosophy#60;/i#62;, and serves on the editorial boards of #60;i#62;International Journal for Philosophy of Religion#60;/i#62; and #60;i#62;Faith#60;/i#62; #60;i#62;and#60;/i#62; #60;i#62;Philosophy#60;/i#62;.#60;p#62;#60;b#62;Philip L. Quinn (1940-2004)#60;/b#62; was John A. O#8242;Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He is author of #60;i#62;Divine Commands and Moral Requirements#60;/i#62; (1978), and of numerous articles in philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, theoretical physics, religious ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, value theory, political philosophy, and philosophy and literature.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
How I Solved the Historical Mysteries Surrounding Zinfandel--Sort Of
Sojourn in the East
Ho! For California!
Plant Your Vineyards! Begin Now!
Boom! 1872-1890
The Haraszthy Myth
The Stealth Grape, 1891-1918
Prohibition and the Fresh Grape Deal, 1919-1933
The Two Faces of Zin, 1934-1969
Of Pendulums and Roller Coasters, 1970-1990
Fat Years, 1991-2001
The Mystery of Origins Solved--Probably
Into the New Century
Regional Summaries
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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