From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Judgment of Paris and To Cork or Not To Cork comes a delightful, entertaining, and informative exploration of the thriving world of wine tourism.
George M. Taber set out on the wine lover's ultimate dream: a journey to the twelve most beautiful and fascinating wine-producing regions around the globe. In Search of Bacchus chronicles that experience: the gorgeous landscapes, conversations with winemakers, unforgettable meals, must-do activities, and of course, the taste of the wines. Here he offers suggestions for travelers, commentary on trends in the wine world, charming anecdotes, and recommendations of vintages available in the United States, so that oenophiles at home can live vicariously through his travels.
From the Napa Valley, where the art of wine tourism was perfected, to the deserts of Argentina, to a thousand-year-old monastery in Tuscany, to the famed châteaux of Bordeaux, Taber discusses the history, architecture, and culture of each destination in fascinating detail. He provides insight into the latest in the technology, politics, and business of wine, and uncovers a host of interesting characters who are major figures in their local wine worlds, including a Chilean arms merchant, a German-born Polish refugee living in South Africa, the dynamic woman who started the Wine Tourism Movement in Italy, and many more. Taber blends his own wine in Portugal, bungy jumps in New Zealand, and goes on a safari in South Africa, all in the attempt to quench his thirst for fine wine and adventure.
An accessible blend of wine lore and travel memoir, In Search of Bacchus is another engaging, immersive read from George M. Taber, sure to satisfy wine lovers everywhere.
"With In Search of Bacchus, George Taber proves that what makes great wines also makes for a great story, as he transports us to the world's best wine regions and introduces us to the fascinating people who make the wine. My only complaint is he didn't invite me along on his journey." -- Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, Grgich Hills Estate
"Once again, with his third book, George Taber demonstrates why he is our premier author on the subject of wine." -- Gary Vaynerchuk, host of Wine Library TV
"In Search of Bacchus gives the historical foundation for each featured region, personal encounters with its pioneers, and intoxicating descriptions of what readers may expect during their own journeys there. I'm now planning trips to these destinations, and looking through my cellar for a bottle to sip while I plan." -- Constance McDerby, founder of Houston Wine & Food Week