PRAISE FOR APPELLATION NAPA VALLEY

This book is required reading for sommeliers as it explores the terroir in a way I haven’t seen before, and it’s a solid read for non-oenophiles who will enjoy learning about the land from museum-quality commissioned plates by local cartographer Sarah L. MacDonald.... For me, Napa Valley represents a cast of colorful characters who appreciate the natural beauty of the hills. It represents a tight-knit community of people working and living in tandem with, and in celebration of, the land. I am proud to be a member of that community, just as Richard has been for so many years.
— THOMAS KELLER

Chef/Proprietor of The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Per Se

With an experience in the vineyards of Burgundy, Richard Mendelson has written a fascinating account of the recent history of Napa Valley whose heroes will, one day, be considered the founding fathers of this appellation. As a Bordeaux producer who regrets having so little information on the 1855 Médoc Classification or even the 1954 Saint-Emilion one, I envy the future Napa growers who will know precisely how their fate was decided. May this book inspire the historians of the wine world!
— CHRISTIAN MOUEIX

Owner of Dominus Estate in the Napa Valley
and several renowned chateaux in Bordeaux

In the wine world, everyone wants to be like Napa.
— AGUSTIN HUNEEUS

Owner of Quintessa Estate in the Napa Valley and
Veramonte premium wines in Casablanca Valley, Chile