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Product details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811815447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811815444
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.1 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,374,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Antonia Allegra is editor in chief of Vine Napa Valley magazine and author of Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide. She lives in St. Helena, California. Richard Gillette lives in Sausalito, California. His photography has appeared in Time, Wine Spectator, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Sonoma: The Ultimate Winery Guide (0-8118-0773-8), and Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide (0-8118-2858-1) Robert Mondavi is the founder of Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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"We have a day or two. There are 200+ wineries. How can we best enjoy a quality visit of the Napa Valley"?
While directing the Napa Valley Wine Auction, this question was often posed to me by prospective visitors. What a pleasure it was and is to point guests in the direction of Antonia Allegra's fine book, Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide. It is a splendid resource for discovering or simply remembering the wonders of this world-renown wine region.
Antonia Allegra's award-winning writing style, reminiscent of MFK Fisher, complemented by the stunning photography of Richard Gillette is as inviting as the lush landscapes of the Napa Valley itself. Touring alternatives, including many hidden gems, are selected from the favored 50 wineries. While offering seasonal variation, tours are thoughtfully presented to appeal to a wide range of possible reader interests be they wine-making, architecture, gardens, panoramas, art, grape-growing or regional characteristics. Even cave-dwellers will find a dream tour in these pages. As a guide, a gift or a treasure, readers are certain to find satisfaction in the Artistry of "Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide". I've purchased dozens as gifts, and most recently carried several copies of Allegra's book on a luggage-sparse trek of South America where it became a wonderful tool for communicating the otherwise indescribably rich wonders of this valley I have the good fortune to call "home".
LN Russell
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Very informative book with fantastic photos
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4.0 out of 5 stars As handy as it is beautiful! 8 May 2001
By Marty Martindale - Published on Amazon.com
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5/8/2001
NAPA VALLEY: The Ultimate Winery Guide Revised and updated Third Edition by Antonia Allegra Photography by Richard Gillette Forward by Robert Mondavi
In her book, NAPA VALLEY: The Ultimate Winery Guide, Antonia Allegra features 29 of her favorite wineries. She bases her selections on how she feels they will become an enjoyable learning experience as well as a fond memory. Richard Gillette's splendid photography makes this a feast of photos, a collection to keep and share.
Allegra's book is filled with winemaking stories and local history. Each property, with its ancient and contemporary art, fills ivy-covered halls, Victorian landmarks and ambling chateaus. These are mixed amongst magnificent castles, an old California abbey and a Greco-Roman temple. Humble mission abodes and California plantation homes lend their appeal, as well.
Allegra devotes a separate chapter to each winery, with a side bar telling access details, hours of operation, tasting times -- charges, if any -- types of wine offered and website information. She also indexes each winery as to region, town, visiting seasons and special attractions. In a section entitled, Triangle Tours, Allegra suggests three easily seen wineries during a single day's Napa Valley outing.
This Guide is as beautiful as it is helpful. (end)
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book... 24 Feb. 2009
By Honest Abe - Published on Amazon.com
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A great book with beautiful pictures, focuses on higher-end wineries. Doesn't go "off-the-beaten-track", but offers history and 'flavor' of many attractive wineries of Napa.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winery Guide for Wine Country Residents 29 May 2001
By Terri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a California native, and a person who has lived in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County wine country for years, I keep my copy of "Napa Valley The Ultimate Winery Guide" in the trunk of my car. It is not only my guide to wineries in each particular geographic section of Napa Valley, but also my resource for tracking down a certain vintage or type of wine.
It also assists me in planning short excursions during which I may want to visit an art gallery along with a winery, and long weekend tours with friends when I want to give an overview with a bit of everything Napa Valley has to offer: a small town not well-known by tourists, a French-Chateau, the best view in the Valley, wonderful walks and, always, pointers on events--both fixed offerings at each winery and seasonal goings-on. The detailed information and directions make this guide a user-friendly pleasure.
In short, this is a convenient reference book on how to get the most out of Napa Valley...whether you are a resident who hasn't yet had the opportunity to discover all of Ms. Allegra's wonderful finds, or a visitor wanting to pack a variety of the Valley's best into a day or two.
This is a must for anyone visiting Napa Valley, or vicariously enjoying an armchair tour through the beautiful photographs.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid resource for discovering or remembering Napa Valley 21 Jun. 1998
By elnr@juno.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"We have a day or two. There are 200+ wineries. How can we best enjoy a quality visit of the Napa Valley"?
While directing the Napa Valley Wine Auction, this question was often posed to me by prospective visitors. What a pleasure it was and is to point guests in the direction of Antonia Allegra's fine book, Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide. It is a splendid resource for discovering or simply remembering the wonders of this world-renown wine region.
Antonia Allegra's award-winning writing style, reminiscent of MFK Fisher, complemented by the stunning photography of Richard Gillette is as inviting as the lush landscapes of the Napa Valley itself. Touring alternatives, including many hidden gems, are selected from the favored 50 wineries. While offering seasonal variation, tours are thoughtfully presented to appeal to a wide range of possible reader interests be they wine-making, architecture, gardens, panoramas, art, grape-growing or regional characteristics. Even cave-dwellers will find a dream tour in these pages. As a guide, a gift or a treasure, readers are certain to find satisfaction in the Artistry of "Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide". I've purchased dozens as gifts, and most recently carried several copies of Allegra's book on a luggage-sparse trek of South America where it became a wonderful tool for communicating the otherwise indescribably rich wonders of this valley I have the good fortune to call "home".
LN Russell
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glossy, beautiful, informative 24 April 2007
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, let's ignore the oxymoron of the "ultimate" guide's fourth edition - if that first edition was so "ultimate," how come three (so far) came after?

The format is straightforward: two or four pages per winery, with glorious photos of the vineyards, buildings, or other distinguishing features of each winery. The tourist's basics are spelled out on the first of that winery's pages: address and contact information hours of operation, tour arrangements, typical offerings in the tasting room, and tasting fees. A brief, enthusiastic description follows, often with a sound bite or two from the owners.

It's a great help in planning your wine country vacation, or reminder of the good times you had in the Napa valley. Don't expect serious criticism or comparison of the wines - that's for a different book. Do check the information presented, since it's been at least three years (as of this writing) since the most recent edition came out. But dig in and enjoy, since that's what wine and travel are all about.

//wiredweird
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