Saturday, October 25, 2008

Books on Napa Valley Lifestyle

Books on Beauty, Vineyards, Lifestyle, Gardens, Botanical Lavender, Mustard, Gardening in and around Napa Valley

  • Seasons of the Vineyard
    by Carolyn Dille, Margrit Biever Mondavi, Robert Mondavi

  • Gardens of the Wine Country

    by Molly Chappellet, Richard Tracy (Contributor)

    Hardcover: 204 pages. 1998.

    The Napa Valley is a famous vintner's paradise, with its long, warm summers and mild winters. Naturally, this also makes it a gardener's paradise, and longtime Napa winery owner Molly Chappellet has an intimate knowledge of each nook and cranny of this horticultural Eden. Napa Valley's oldest gardens were planted around 1860, at about the same time grapevines were introduced to the region, and though there are only a handful of these, their enormous oaks and antique roses perfectly fit the image of old Napa homesteads. The gardens at Schramsberg, Beaulieu, Spottswoode, Krug, and the Niebaum estate (now owned by Francis and Eleanor Coppola), to drop a few well-known winery names, fall into this category.

    Chappellet and her collaborator, Richard Tracy, define "new gardens" as those developed since 1960, some by the
    enthusiastic new winemakers who brought new life to the Napa region. These gardens are numerous, breathtakingly
    beautiful, and have apparently provided abundant employment to a number of talented landscape designers over the past
    three decades. In many cases, a heroic amount of work was done to tame, for example, a rocky hillside into a proper
    Mediterranean-style villa garden, and Chappellet and Tracy note the details down to the individual plant names. The
    numerous color photographs, clearly often taken at daybreak and just before sunset,
    show off the calm, lush gardens to perfection. -

  • Beautiful Gardens Of The Wine Country

    by Jennifer Barry, Robert Holmes, Mimi Luebbermann

  • Beautiful Wineries Of The Wine Country

    Jennifer Barry, Charles O'Rear, Thom Elkjer

  • Napa Valley Style

    by Kathryn Masson

  • Sonoma Valley Style : At Home in California's Wine Country

    by Kathryn Masson, Steven Brooke

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