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rockandvinebookjacketYou Can Win a Free Copy of Rock and Vine …Read on….


Many California wine lovers have heard the stories of Napa and Sonoma pioneers from the 1960’s, 70’s and earlier. Even the movie Bottle Shock celebrated their early successes. But what about now? Who are the rising wine stars that wine lovers need to know? Many of the up and comers have it in their genes…they are the children, grandchildren and even in some cases the great-grandchildren of the early wine country pioneers.

Due out early February 2013 is the beautifully written and photographed book, Rock and Vine which “reveals the lives and innovations of next generation changemakers in California’s wine country.

Joe Wagner – Caymus Vineyards

In the 70s and 80s, winemaking started to become a legitimate profession in California. Winemakers, particularly in Northern California, showed the might of Napa and Sonoma wines, made from its rocky and diverse soils. In the 90s, American wine became more extravagant and winemakers became icons. Now, the children and grandchildren of those early winemakers have matured and are crafting their own convivial brands with less pomp and better circumstances.

Through eleven unforgettable stories, author Chelsea Prince and photographer Mary Steinbacher introduce talented wine industry trailblazers who are primed to perpetuate and evolve the legacy of Napa and Sonoma.”

“There is a palpable shift in the way the next generation is thinking about wine,” Prince said. “They are utilizing modern ways to communicate with their consumers, while creating brands focused on approachability. In this globalized world of wine, the next generation leaders in Rock and Vine are creating wines that are distinctly American, providing an opportunity for wine to be embraced into our country’s social fabric.”

Dalia Ceja - Ceja Vineyards

Dalia Ceja – Ceja Vineyards

During my time as a wine blogger I have been lucky enough to meet many of these exciting next-gen winemakers. Rock and Vine does an excellent job of bringing their dynamic personalities and passion for a new style of winemaking to life, through both thoughtful words and eye-popping photography. Many California wineries pride themselves in being family owned. Once you meet these multi-generational winemakers you will understand why family is so important the winemaking legacy.

Morgan Peterson - Bedrock Wine Co.

Morgan Peterson – Bedrock Wine Co.

In these pages you will meet Joe Wagner of Wagner Family Made Wine; Nicole Marchesi of Far Niente; Angelina Mondavi of Dark Matter; Dalia Ceja of Ceja Vineyards; Christina Turley of Turley Wine Cellars; Tony Leonardi of BNA Wine Group; Jason Exposto of Futo; Aug Sebastiani of The Other Guys;  Jordan Kivelstadt of Free Flow Wines; Morgan Peterson of Bedrock Wine Co.; and Danny Fay, Mike  Benziger, and Ben Flajnik of Envolve Winery. Ben was the star of ABC’s hit-reality television dating show, “The Bachelor”.

Maggie Pramuk of Robert Biale Vineyards writes the introduction to Rock and Vine.

To win your copy of Rock and Vine… It’s easy. Just post a comment below, post a link to this contest( http://goo.gl/PhbqD ) on Twitter using @bacchusandbeery. We will draw at random three lucky winners on Tuesday February 5th. The giveaway is open only to U.S. residents. The winners’ copies will ship via UPS, so no PO Boxes, please.

I received a copy of this book to review and as always; all opinions are my own.

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