Rock and Vine: a peek at new Napa winemakers

I recently had a chance to preview a new book called “Rock and Vine,” and you, Image
dear readers, have a chance to win one of your very own! Leave me a comment by midnight PST on Feb. 3 about your favorite Napa winery, and I’ll randomly select two winners to receive a copy of the book! Easy!

So what is this book, you ask? It’s a beautiful coffee table tome from Chelsea Print and Publishing about the new generation of Napa vintners – a generation that has learned from its parents and friends and is infusing tradition with innovation.

Through photography, interviews, and the author’s insight, we learn about this new generation of winemakers that has spent a lifetime learning from the masters and is bringing a fresh face to the wine industry. We learn how their parents pioneered grape growing in California and turned a sleepy California town into the most famous wine region in the country. And we see that the pioneering spirit lives on in the now-grown children who are applying new techniques and innovative marketing to reinvent the region.

What is perhaps most inspiring to this writer is that the new generation is not trying to compete with the older. They are creating something new – another layer to the rich culture of Napa to be explored and enjoyed.

While I call it a coffee table book, “Rock and Vine” is really a fascinating read and not one that should collect dust on your table. You’ll gain insight into wine making and learn about a plethora of new wineries to be explored in California.

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Christina Turley of Turley Wine Cellars

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L-R: Ben Flajnik, Mike Benziger, Danny Fay, childhood friends and partners in Envolve Winery.

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Jordan Kivelstadt, right, oversees the winemaking process at Free Flow Wines, which kegs its wine rather than bottle it.

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