Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Long Island Wine Country by Jane Taylor Starwood and Bruce Curtis Is A Great Holiday Present

Firstly, I am way behind the curve. But I can't think of a better time to make up for lost ground. If you love long Island wine, or know someone who is a fan, then you need to run, not walk, to your nearest books store and buy Long Island Wine Country: Award-Winning Vineyards of the North Fork and the Hamptons by Jane Taylor Starwood with photographs by Bruce Curtis and with a fabulous introduction by Louisa Hargrave (co-founder of Long Island's first vineyard and winery).

This book takes readers to each of the area’s more than forty producers, telling the colorful stories of the wines and the people who make them.

There are well over 3,000 acres on Long Island’s beautiful East End that have been planted with vinifera wine grape varieties over the last three decades. Add to that the recent praise for wine producers like Bedell Cellars, The Lenz Winery, Raphael, and W├Âlffer Estate Vineyards (among numerous others) from sources like the New York Times, Wine Spectator, and Wine Advocate, and it’s not difficult to see why the New York Times, in a feature on Long Island wines, captioned a photo with the words, “Who needs Bordeaux? A tasting of wines from the East End.”
Starwood is the editor of Long Island Wine Press magazine, so you know she had entre' with the winemakes, owners, and other winery personnel. The writing is very good, and the stories are great. And veteran photographer Bruce Curtis's shoots one beautiful vista after another. A stunning work!

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Three Forks; First edition (May 5, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0762748397
ISBN-13: 978-0762748396
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches