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California Wine Country

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We feature a handpicked selection of travel guides, maps, literature, books on art, nature and culture, all designed to help you get more out of your travels to the Wine Country. Order an essential package, and we'll ship any additional items for free.

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Napa, the Story of an American Eden

Napa, the Story of an American Eden

by James Conway

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 560 PAGES

Conway expertly combines history, personal anecdote, wine criticism and social commentary into a definitive portrait of place, overflowing not only with cabernets and chardonnays, but also with genuine connoisseurs, scores of dilettantes, feuds, scandals and plenty of money. (USW169, $17.95)

Compass Guide California Wine Country

Compass Guide California Wine Country

by John Doerper

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 307 PAGES

Covering wineries both small and large, this comprehensive guide to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys includes excellent maps, color photographs and informative essays. (USW171, $21.99)

MapEasy's Guidemap to Napa & Sonoma

MapEasy's Guidemap to Napa & Sonoma

by MapEasy

  • MAP

A handy, informative road map and guide to wineries. (CAL118, $7.95)

 
Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die, Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations


by Chris Santella

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Santella showcases a wide variety of expertly selected places to bike, from the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia and the Indochina Trail in Vietnam to the urban jungle of New York City. (BCY37, $24.95)

Fodor's San Francisco's 25 Best

Fodor's San Francisco's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to San Francisco, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights. (USW185, $13.99)

Moon Handbook Northern California

Moon Handbook Northern California


by Kim Weir

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to northern California, with a wealth of practical information and coverage of local history, culture and nature. (CAL60, $23.99)

The Monterey Bay, Big Sur & Gold Coast Wine Country Book

The Monterey Bay, Big Sur & Gold Coast Wine Country Book


by Christina Waters | Buz Bezore

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 301 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture, nature and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. (CAL182, $18.95)

The Napa & Sonoma Book, A Complete Guide

The Napa & Sonoma Book, A Complete Guide


by Melink, Peg | Tim Fish

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced guidebook mixing history, culture and anecdote with up-to-date practical information, including detail on wineries, restaurant recommendations and accommodations. (CAL195, $19.95)

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco

Wildsam Field Guide to San Francisco


by Wildsam Field Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

This beautifully produced pocket guide to San Francisco is designed for the soulful traveler with a bygone sense of place. Contributors include local artists, musicians and writers who compiled recommendations, essays, illustrations and interviews intended to move the traveler beyond their itinerary. (SFO66, $17.95)

Great Wine Made Simple, Straight Talk From a Master Sommelier

Great Wine Made Simple, Straight Talk From a Master Sommelier


by Andra Immer Robinson

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 326 PAGES

A practical, personable introduction to the world of wine, including helpful definitions of terms, label-reading tips and advice on pairing wines with food. (GEN411, $30.00)

The Accidental Connoisseur, An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World

The Accidental Connoisseur, An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World


by Lawrence Osborne

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 262 PAGES

With a winning wit and not a drop of pretense, Osborne sets out to discover what's what with wine, traveling through Sonoma and Napa, France, Italy and other European wine meccas, 11 adventures in all. He meets plenty of interesting characters along the way, revealing much about the pleasures of wine (and travel!). (TVL31, $15.00)

The Winemaker's Dance, Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley

The Winemaker's Dance, Exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley


by Jonathan Swinchatt | David G. Howell

  • FOOD
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 229 PAGES

California-bound wine connoisseurs will appreciate the informative no-stone-left-unturned scientific approach to the analysis of Terroir (i.e. soil but much more than that) in the Napa Valley. (CAL190, $52.95)

Wines of California, The Comprehensive Guide

Wines of California, The Comprehensive Guide


by Jeff Jenssen | Mike Desimone

  • FOOD
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 592 PAGES

Featuring up-to-date profiles and critiques of the wineries of California, the World Wine Guys offer a great way to discern between California's vineyards. (CAL353, $24.95)

California the Beautiful

California the Beautiful


by Galen Rowell

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 159 PAGES

Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California. (CAL277, $19.95)

Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike

Cyclopedia, It's All About the Bike


by William Fotheringham

  • SPORT
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 432 PAGES

The distinguished journalist and cycling fan William Fotheringham brings humor and substance to this irresistible compendium, organized A-to-Z. With maps and illustrations. (BCY27, $25.00)

Judgment of Paris

Judgment of Paris


by George Taber

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

The story of the legendary Paris Tasting of 1976, a blind tasting where esteemed French judges chose obscure California wines over France's best, turning the industry on its head. (CAL287, $17.00)

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike

Just Ride, A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike


by Grant Petersen

  • SPORT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 212 PAGES

Bicycle commuter, reformed racer and proprietor of Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek California, Grant Petersen covers equipment, health, safety and attitude in 87 short and illustrated, often provocative essays. (BCY22, $13.95)

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California

Rush for Riches, Gold Fever and the Making of California


by J. S. Holliday

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

An illustrated, oversize history of the California Gold Rush and its effects by a noted expert, covering the 1830's through the 1890's and packed with more than 200 illustrations and archival photographs. (USW190, $41.95)

The Silverado Squatters

The Silverado Squatters


by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

A classic account of Calistoga and Napa Valley, where they were already growing wine in 1880. On a rather untraditional honeymoon, Stevenson and his new wife settled for nine months in the bunkhouse of an abandoned silver mine and met numerous local characters, all vividly described in this treasure of a book. (CAL01, $18.00)

The Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon


by Jack London

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 425 PAGES

In part a tribute to his wife and rural life on his ranch in Glen Ellen, London's California novel follows Billy and Saxon Roberts from Oakland to Sonoma, where they strive to live independently off the land. (CAL169, $28.95)

The Vineyard

The Vineyard


by Idwal Jones | Robert Mondavi

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 285 PAGES

Evocative of the seasons in Napa Valley, this novel traces the fate of Alda Pendle, a viticulturist's daughter who becomes a viticulturist herself. (CAL104, $24.95)

Assembling California

Assembling California


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Another fine book on geology and natural history from John McPhee, this time in the company of scientist Eldridge Moores, on travels throughout California. (USW187, $17.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California

National Audubon Society Field Guide to California


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna. (CAL07, $22.00)

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