With Virginia Wine Month in full swing, I thought it was an opportune time to click publish on a quick book review I wrote some time ago. I love to read, especially when the subject matter involves wine. The book, A History of Virginia Wines: From Grapes to Glass by Walker Elliott Rowe was published in 2009 and serves as a great introduction to Virginia wine. Respected wine professional and Virginia wine expert Richard Leahy, completed the introduction for the book.
Divided into manageable chapters with just the right amount of detail, Rowe takes readers through the past 30 plus years in Virginia wine. From Thomas Jefferson’s attempts to cultivate European wine grapes at Monticello to the talented Jim Law of Linden Vineyards, Rowe does an admirable job covering the topics that have contributed to the growth of the Virginia wine industry. Whether a novice or expert on Virginia wine, the book has something to offer to all readers and sets the bar for regional wine books.
To my readers who enjoy Virginia wine and desire to learn more, the book is a must read. And to those who plan on attending next years Wine Bloggers Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, the book is the perfect primer. Cheers!
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