Beyond Jefferson's Vines (new, second edition) is the complete story of wine in Virginia, from the Jamestown Settlement, to Thomas Jefferson and his vineyard at Monticello, to the thriving world-class wine industry of today. It focuses on the last decade and explains how vintners today have achieved the success Jefferson only dreamed of. Richard Leahy's complete, indispensable book is a new, expanded second edition, and blends history with travelogue and basic viticulture, along with personal interviews with key industry members, to help you gain a full understanding of the subject. You'll have a new appreciation for the quality Virginia wine has achieved today, and the risk these dedicated people take in their dogged pursuit to realize Jefferson's dream of a fine wine industry in Virginia.
Richard Leahy is a wine professional based in Charlottesville, VA and coordinates the conference program for the Eastern Winery Exposition, a leading wine industry trade show. He has been writing about wines of Virginia and the East since 1986, and in May 2012 his book Beyond Jefferson's Vines was published to high praise from reviewers. Due to the many changes on the Virginia wine scene, he wrote a second, expanded edition in 2014. In 2007 he organized the Virginia Wine Experience in London which brought the top 64 Virginia wines there for leading British wine media and trade to taste. He was a regional editor for Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide, and was Mid-Atlantic and Southern Editor for the Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America. He is a member of the American Wine Society and the Circle of Wine Writers, and a Board member of Drink Local Wine, and also has a website and blog focused on wines of the East at www.richardleahy.com. Richard consults in several wine-related areas and can be reached at www.richardleahy.com.