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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BOOK Review: OREGON, the taste of wine.

OREGON; the taste of wine (Graphic Arts Books, 2008; distr. Canadian
Manda Group, 128 pages, ISBN 978-0-88240-746-3, $24.95 US hard covers)
is by photographer Janis Miglavs, who has lived in Oregon since 1982.
He is a well-known travel adventure photographer with many credits
worldwide, notably in National Geographic. This book is a photographic
tour, with interviews and discussion on winemaking in the region. He
has profiles of select wineries. The over-arch is a short section on
history and culture, with an historical timeline to cover the 16 AVAs
in Oregon (most prominent to us in Canada is Willamette Valley and Wall
Walla Valley). This includes material on terroir, sustainable
practices, LEED certification, and so forth. Ninety-four people
contributed to the book (they are all listed alphabetically) from David
Adelsheim to Cecil Zerba. And there is a good integration of photos
with quotes from the various winemakers.
Audience and level of use: wine travelers, Oregon wine lovers.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: Fly Over Red and Fly Over
White wines were developed at one winery when it became ignored by wine
writers who were to busy coming up from California and "flying over"
the winery.
The downside to this book: no index.
The upside to this book: well-written and well-photographed.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.

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