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Highly readable story of California's own grape variety,
By A Customer
This review is from: Zin: The History and Mystery of Zinfandel (Paperback)
One of the most interesting and well written wine books I have read. Darlington tells the story of Zinfandel, California's 'own' grape variety, and takes us through his own personal quest to get to grip with its mysteries. Beginning with a well researched account of the origins of Zin, he then gives a detailed but readable account of his in-depth research into the special place occupied by Zinfandel in the California wine scene today. A polished writer, Darlington focuses on two of the leading players, Joel Peterson of Ravenswood, and Paul Draper of Ridge, and, with just a little journalistic license, uses their differing personalities and approaches to shed light onto just what it is that is special about Zinfandel. He is obviously sympathetic to both, but cleverly avoids taking sides when controversies are raised. Candid and honest, the whole book is professionally assembled and makes an easy read. Even if you are not a Zin fan, this book is compulsory reading for anyone with more than a passing interest in the US wine scene. The good news is that it has just been reprinted (albeit under a less imaginative title than the original), after several years out of press. Well worth buying a copy.