Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wanderlust Wining Book Review


Wanderlust Wining: The Outdoorsy Oenophile’s Wine Country Companion (Chicago, IL: Price World Publishing, 2011) is a fun delicious journey through many of America's finest wine countries; exploring their outdoor activities and wine tasting specialties. It's a one-stop-read to crafting active wine tasting trips in unique (and familiar) wine countries all over the United States. Discover how to kick off mornings with action-packed activities and spend the remainder of the day sniffing, swirling and sipping through local wineries. Learn how to taste wine like a pro and be in the local know about the best hiking and mountain biking trails or places to paddle, surf and sail. Visit creameries, galleries or savor a sustainable wine dinner served in the middle of a vineyard. Each fast-paced, easy-to-understand chapter offers light-handed wine education and historic facts about the area's wines, local parks and sports outfitter, must-go restaurants, art galleries, markets, vineyards, and more. (Source: Price World Publishing)

Wanderlust Wining is a comprehensive visit to the best and lesser known wine regions in the United States: California, Oregon, Washington State, New York, Virginia, Texas, and Colorado. Each chapter is chock full of things to do, places to go, people to meet and is a great reference book to take along – since it’s neither overly thick or overly large, this will slip into the pocket of your carry-on quite handily. Wine tasting tips are offered, as are fitness tips (Jackenthal is an athlete, so this addition makes perfect sense in her book).

This is a well-researched, well-written book, definitely a good addition to both armchair and actual travelers. Here’s hoping she does justice to some of our Midwest wine regions in a follow-up book or edition!

About The Author

Stefani Jackenthal is an adventure journalist for print, TV, and radio and an elite international endurance racer. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Sun, Outside, Conde Nast Traveler, Shape, Women's Health, Fitness, Prevention, Runner's World, Marie Claire, and Oxygen amongst others. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide Rock Climbing and has contributed to books including The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything. Stefani has also reported for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday as well as reported on-air for TV. Stefani is the founder and president of the wine events company NTS Wine Tasting, LLC which produces corporate and private wine tastings, dinners and educational wine series. She has been an invited guest on a number of tasting panels and she writes a monthly wine column in Commuter Week newspaper. (Source: Price World Publishing)

In addition to her writing, Stefani also runs Jackenthal Custom Coaching, an endurance and general athletic training program based on the theory that every athlete has unique needs and desires. (Source: Stefani Jackenthal’s website) It turns out she’s quite the endurance athlete as well, with plenty of success both coaching and competing. She worked with Nathan Sports  to develop a women-specific backpack for her participation in the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in 2005.

More info can be found at the Wanderlust Wining website and friending on Facebook.

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Price World Publishing. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the book a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.

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