9780253223272

Tasting the Good Life

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253223272

  • ISBN10:

    025322327X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-16
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

Five million visitors a year travel to California's Napa Valley to experience the good life: to taste fine wines, eat fine food, and immerse themselves in other sophisticated pleasures while surrounded by bucolic beauty. Tourism is the world's largest employer, and tourists today want to experience the world through all five senses. Tasting the Good Life tells the story of Napa tourism through the words of the tourists who visit and the men and women who provide the products and services they rely on. The stories of 17 people -- from winemaker to vineyard manager, from celebrity chef to wait staff, from hot air balloonist to masseuse -- provide extraordinary insight into this new form of tourism and its impact on an iconic American place.

Author Biography

George Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco and at Union College. He is author of eleven books and numerous articles, many of which have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Psychology Today, Society, and Natural History. Sharon Bohn Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco and Roger Thayer Stone Professor of Anthropology at Union College. She is author of seven books, including Nan: The Life of an Irish, Traveling Woman, The Tlingit with Photography, and Tourists and Tourism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Tasting the Good Lifep. 1
The Napa Valleyùa Brief Historyp. 5
The Tourism of Tastep. 24
Consuming Place: Napa's Culinary Terroirp. 44
From Vine to Winep. 54
Vineyard Foreman
Vineyard Manager
Winemaker
Touring and Tastingp. 80
Wine Educator
Tasting Room Consultant
Tasting Room Server
Salonnier
Wine Tour Guide
food and Fine Diningp. 138
The French Laundry
The Front of the House
Napa Valley Cooking School
From Back to front of the House
NapaÆs Other Pleasuresp. 180
Wine train
Massage
Hot Air Ballooning
Art Gallery
Tourism, Quality of Life, and the Future of Napap. 227
Acknowledgementsp. 245
Notesp. 247
Glossaryp. 257
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 271
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