American Rhone (Hardcover)

How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink

By Patrick J. Comiskey

University of California Press, 9780520256668, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

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Description

"Thoughtfully conceived and very well written, this is essential somm reading."—The Somm Journal 

"This is the most important wine book of the year, perhaps in many years."—The Seattle Times
 
"Crisply written, impeccably researched, balanced if fundamentally enthusiastic, scholarly but accessible, and full of unexpected details and characters."—The World of Fine Wine
 
No wine category has seen more dramatic growth in recent years than American Rhône–variety wines. Winemakers are devoting more energy, more acreage, and more bottlings to Rhône varieties than ever before. The flagship Rhône red, Syrah, is routinely touted as one of California’s most promising varieties, capable of tremendous adaptability as a vine, wonderfully variable in style, and highly expressive of place. There has never been a better time for American Rhône wine producers.
 
American Rhône is the untold history of the American Rhône wine movement. The popularity of these wines has been hard fought; this is a story of fringe players, unknown varieties, and longshot efforts finding their way to the mainstream. It’s the story of winemakers gathering sufficient strength in numbers to forge a triumph of the obscure and the brash. But, more than this, it is the story of the maturation of the American palate and a new republic of wine lovers whose restless tastes and curiosity led them to Rhône wines just as those wines were reaching a critical mass in the marketplace. Patrick J. Comiskey’s history of the American Rhône wine movement is both a compelling underdog success story and an essential reference for the wine professional.



About the Author

Patrick J. Comiskey is a wine writer and critic for Wine & Spirits magazine. He has written about wine for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine, Decanter, and Lucky Peach.


Praise For American Rhone: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink

"Thoughtfully conceived and very well written, this is essential somm reading."

— The Somm Journal

"Comiskey has a skeptical reporter’s mind, a poet’s way with turns of phrase, an editor’s sense of conservation of words, and a keen (and deep) understanding of – and respect for – wine as a subject matter, all of which come to bear in American Rhone."

— Joe Roberts

"This book is superb."

— California Grapevine

"Our five favorite liquor and wine books from 2016: A deep dive into this fascinating category, long beloved by wine geeks."

— San Francisco Chronicle

"Delves into the American Rhone movement’s wine-soaked origins in this vivid, in-depth account."

— The Mercury News

"This is the most important wine book of the year, perhaps in many years."

— The Seattle Times

"A strong contender for wine book of the year."

— Henry Jefffreys

"The definitive work on the Rhone movement."

— Wine Review Online

"Crisply written, impeccably researched, balanced if fundamentally enthusiastic, scholarly but accessible, and full of unexpected details and characters."

— The World of Fine Wine

"The wine book of the year."

— Dennis Schaefer

"Comiskey really knows his stuff — deep research is apparent here — and he writes with a fluid style, so learning about American Rhône is a real pleasure. . . . A terrific book, well-written and informative. It deserves a place on your wine bookshelf."

— The Wine Economist