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When I wrote The Winemakers of Paso Robles, as a title, The Book just followed in my thoughts. Then I realized that that doesn’t even come close to The Book, because it’s THE BOOK.
The photography is by Julia Pérez, Paul Hodgins has written the text, Mira Advani Honeycutt is the curator, and George Taber wrote the foreword, with 56 winemaker interviews. Each story has its own flavor, and it all tastes like juicy, delicious wine.
- It’s the quintessential holiday book to give, to anyone who loves a really beautiful coffee table book.
- It’s the best gift for Uncle Dave, because everyone knows he already has everything, right?
- It’s the best wine library book, of the published kind.
- Yes, I have library space for it.
- It’s ginormous, so you look good with it, just don’t try to hold it in one hand; that doesn’t work well.
- The colors will delight your eyes, the images of people will make you smile.
- There are a LOT of happy winemakers in Paso!
- Their winemakers’ weather worn hands are genuine, as are they.
There’s a style in the book that’s distinctive and well thought out. I loved the distinctive picture on page 23.
- Broken into thirds
- Bottom third, a vineyard
- Top third, the sky
- Center third holds the heart and soul of this image
- Internally, there’s a center picture of a a heart-shaped tree forest. Because of the heart forest, it has a crescent shaped field of spring grasses surrounding the lower crescent of trees’ shape. The hill and top heart of trees is gently sloping upward to the horizon
- Great job by Julia Pérez. Wait until you see it.
The introduction takes you through Paso Robles geology, geography, history, transformations, diversity, philosophies, the cast and some of the characters’ personal histories of “how did I get from there to here.” The stories of each winemaker keep you engaged; it’s really well written. I meandered through the book, going here, going there… the way coffee table books are meant to be enjoyed.
When it’s time to Donate my wine library, this will live on in that world of winemaking history. For now, I love flipping through the pages and stopping for visits.
I know many others are going to enjoy The Winemakers of Paso Robles.