A winebook unlike any other…

The Winemaker is the fascinating story of a young man born in the depths of the American Depression whose passion for chemistry led him to the very epicenter of the California wine renaissance: a witty and engaging account of life behind the scenes by a leading winemaker for some of California best known wine labels. With candor and fascinating detail, Peterson chronicles how an industry completely decimated by Prohibition was to transform itself with incredible speed into a world-famous wine region. His remarkable journey led him to work alongside many of the most colorful and legendary names who shaped the California wine industry. His  extraordinary depth of experience sheds an entertaining, candid light on the wine industry’s path to success.

“Best in the World” winebook Gourmand Award

The Winemaker by California wine industry veteran Richard G. Peterson, has won a “Gourmand Award,” an International Food and Wine publishing competition. The Gourmand Awards are the brain child of Edouard Cointreau, of the famous spirits family, who have been growing grapes for 746 years. He started the awards in 1995 to honour the world’s best food and wine books, magazines, and television shows produced each year. Cointreau describes the event as the “Oscars of Food and Wine with the spirit of the Olympic Games.”  Read More

A “must read” for:

Wine Enthusiasts
A fascinating opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the art and science of winemaking – from a leading industry scientist/ innovator with exceptional experience in crafting wines for both national and boutique brands.

Anyone Interested in the History of California Winemaking
A first-hand account of a period of astonishing growth and unprecedented change as seen by a prominent winemaker of the time who witnessed it all.

Wine Industry Members, Business & Management Students
Candid accounts of both brilliant and disasterous mangement decisions offer important lessons for those in the wine industry and beyond.

Winemakers, Technologists & Wine/Food Instructors
Peterson layers a wealth of rich detail about the chemistry of winemaking in a very accessible way. Clear, concise footnotes demystify many wine terms and processes

About the Author

Dick Peterson is well-known in the California wine industry as an innovator, winemaker, educator, international wine judge, viticulture/enology consultant and expert witness in legal cases. After earning a BS in Chemical Technology, a MS in Food Science and a PhD in Agricultural Chemistry, he started his working life in 1958 with E. & J. Gallo Winery in Research and New Product Development. He then replaced the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff as winemaster at Beaulieu Vineyards. He is responsible for creating many well-loved American wines and brands such as Lancers Vinho Branco, Monterey Vineyard and all the original Taylor California Cellars wines. He oversaw the development of Atlas Peak Vineyards, excavating some of California’s largest wine caves

He is a former president of The American Society for Enology & Viticulture, director of the Wine Institute, and founding member of the Society of Wine Educators and the American Institute for Wine and Food.

Among Richard Peterson’s viticultural achievements is the cultivation of the Wrotham Pinot clone of Pinot Noir, including the establishment of two Wrotham Pinot vineyards in Napa Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, just inland from Monterey Bay on the California coast. See the Story of Wrotham Pinot on this web site. The wines made from these grapes are available on a very limited basis.

See Richard G Peterson Pinot Noir 2013  and Richard G. Peterson 2005 Brut Rosé .

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