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Stocking Stuffer: Wines of California

Scratch the wine lovers off your shopping list, because we've found the perfect gift: The World Wine Guys (and TLK contribs!), Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, have just published the perfect book for both the experienced and aspiring winos on your holiday gift list: Wines of California: The Comprehensive Guide.

Award-winning lifestyle editors of Wine Enthusiast, DeSimone and Jenssen have traveled the world testing and tasting the best wines out there, one glass at a time. In this book, they’ve created an approachable but descriptive guide to the USA’s foremost wine producing state. 

And when they say comprehensive, they mean it; in the span of over 500 pages, DeSimone and Jenssen elaborate on the intricacies of California's current wine scene, making this elusive part of the American culinary scene accessible. They begin with an introduction to the science and history behind each of the most popular grapes grow in California’s 546,000 acres of farmland dedicated to wine grapes.

From this granular scope, the book is then divided by wine growing regions. From Napa Valley to the South Coast, each section details a region’s unique landscape and provides interviews with its outstanding wine producers, as well as tasting notes of their signature bottles.

To round out the reader’s culinary education, DeSimone and Jenssen finish Wines of California with a slew of mouthwatering recipes and wine pairings that range from simple and delicate grilled artichokes to hearty Spanish lamb stew with smoked paprika, tomatoes, and white beans.

We suggest buying two copies, one to give away and one to keep. 

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