eSpotlight - The Season to Celebrate the Fruit of the Vine

A vineyard with grape leaves showing fall colors

"Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know."
John Keats

Local Autumn Winery Experiences

Autumn has officially arrived and with it, the fall harvest. This can be a great time of year to visit a local vineyard to sample some local wines and possibly experience the grape harvesting phase of the wine making process. With wineries throughout the Santa Clara Valley, you don’t have to travel to Napa or Sonoma to experience a day of winery tours and wine tasting.

I enjoy wine and have always wanted to learn more about it, especially the selection and pairing process. How do I decide which wine to have with dinner? Which wine is best to give as a gift? I was delighted to see the variety of electronic resources available from the San Jose Public Library to enhance my knowledge of this most celebrated libation.

Imbibe Information

If you want to develop a more in-depth understanding of wine in general and the history of wine in Santa Clara Valley or around the world, you can do so with these electronic resources.

Book cover with the words "Wine - A Tasting Course by Marnie Old" with various wine implements showedBook cover with text "Wine: The Essential Guide to Tasting, History, Culture and More by Caro Feely" with images of a wine bottle, wine glass and grapesBook cover with text "Images of America: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley by Bev Stenehjem." Cover includes photo of a male with a rifle sitting on a hillside overlooking a vineyard in the valley below.Audio book cover with text "Making Sense of Wine by Matt Kramer" depicts a silhouette of an individual drinking a glass of wineVideo cover with text "An Introductory Guide to Wine" showing several different types of wine glasses with wineMagazine cover with text "Wine Enthusiast - The Winelover's Guide to the Pacific Northwest" depicting a vineyard in the foreground and a snowcapped mounted in the background.

Perfect Pairings

For me, a glass of wine and a good book seem to go together naturally. You can enjoy these eBooks paired with the wine suggested in the title or with your favorite fermentation.

Book cover with text "The Port-Wine Stain by Norman Lock" Cover shows a skull, book, glasses, sextant on a tableBook cover with text "A Case of Syrah, Syrah by Nancy J. Parra" Cover illustration contains bottle of wine, tabby cat, cheese, and VW bus in a vineyardBook cover with text "A Carafe of Red by Gerald Asher" Cover illustration shows carafe of red wine and two glasses on a table in a vineyard


Are you ready to embark on your own wine making adventure? These electronic resources can help you create a palate pleasing potation.

Book cover with text "A Beginner's Guide to Home Winemaking - Tips and Techniques for Growing and Using Fruit Vines and Herbs for Home Consumption by Dueep J. Sing" Photo hands clipping purple grapes from a vineBook cover with text "Strong Waters - A Simple Guide to Making Beer, Wine, Cider and other Spirited Beverages at Home by Scott Mansfield" Cover has picture of bottle, glass of beer and various herbs and spicesBook cover with text "Wine Recipes - by Chris Cooker" Cover has black background with picture of wine glass and wine bottle.

Don't Put a Cork in it Yet!

You can find even more wine related resources on our eBooks & eMedia and our Online Resources pages. Cheers!

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