Oregon: The taste of wine (January 30, 2009)
by Dean Tudor
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 a 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.