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Saturday, December 22, 2018

* DRINK BOOK OF THE MONTH! : Wine Trails (Lonely Planet)

1.WINE TRAILS: United States & Canada (Lonely Planet, 2018, 256 pages, ISBN 978-1-7870-1770-2, $20 USD hardbound) is one of a new series from Lonely Planet detailing 40 weekends in wine country. Covered are the hot spots of California, New York, Texas, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. There are single weekends in diverse US states such as Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Virginia, North Carolina – 40 weekends in 16 regions, with California being the most prolific at 14 regions. About 250 wineries are covered, so there is lots to do. With Ontario as an example, there is a snapshot description of the cool climate area, a basic map with numbers for seven wineries to visit on the weekend, and blurb about each winery and their wine specialties. All of them are either sustainable-natural or at the other end of the spectrum, biodynamic. Websites are given for more data, phone numbers, street addresses, time open, food, and price ranges. The end of the Ontario chapter lists a few places to stay, to eat, and what to do. Unfortunately, DevourFest Food Film Festival is not mentioned in the Nova Scotia chapter in the "what to do" section, despite it being around for eight years; it occurs in the heart of wine country at Wolfville. Small but useful photos are strewn about.
Audience and level of use: travellers, especially those who want to spend many weekends at North American wineries.
The downside to this book: 12 contributors are mentioned but it is unclear who contributed what. I assume the guy from Vermont covered that area, and maybe Treve Ring from Vancouver island covered all three parts of Canada.
The upside to this book: there are multiple indexes to architecture and art, experiences, and to the wineries themselves.
Quality/Price Rating: 92

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