3 New Local Wine Country Guides

By Virginia Miller  |  June 24, 2014

Just in time for summer weekends in Wine Country, here are three recently-released new books on the riches of our wine region neighbors. One covers sustainable winegrowing in California, the other two cover small-production gems and restaurants around Sonoma and Napa.

Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California by Janet Fletcher, photos by George Rose ($40)

A visually rich and stimulating guide to pioneering, environmental winegrowing in California, which — in case you didn't know — makes 90% of US wine. Down to Earth profiles fifteen vintners and growers, their family food recipes and their pursuits towards responsible winemaking. Illustrated beautifully via photos grouped by the seasons and specific wineries, the hardback book was released this April just before Earth Day.

Purchase at Discover California Wines

Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma by Tilar Mazzeo ($19.99)

This second edition of a pocket-sized, mini-guide to more than seventy "secret", small wineries, tasting rooms and restaurants in Sonoma County, is an approachable book, grouped by regions — from Dry Creek Valley to Russian River — covering key highlights. Winery gems, like Unti Vineyards, and restaurants from LaSalette to The Fremont Diner, are given their due as the must-visit places of the County.

Purchase at Random House

Back Lane Wineries of Napa by Tilar Mazzeo ($19.99)

Part time Wine Country resident Tilar Mazzeo narrows down from the wealth of Napa wineries, tasting rooms, activities and restaurants in this second edition of a pocket-sized book released in late May. Respected wines like Robert Sinskey Vineyards are showcased, as are locals' longtime restaurant favorites, such as tapas at Zuzu in downtown Napa.

Purchase at Random House