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EGG HARBOR CITY/GALLOWAY - The historic and critically acclaimed Renault Winery Resort & Golf recently hosted a book signing by acclaimed author and wine expert George Taber. The event, held Sept. 17, also featured gourmet cuisine prepared by Renault’s executive chef with fine wines from Renault Winery and Amathello Cellars.

Taber, the author of “A Toast to Bargain Wines: How Innovators, iconoclasts, and winemaking revolutionaries are changing the way the world drinks” (Scribner, November 2011), spent 40 years as a reporter and editor, primarily on business affairs, before turning his attention to writing wine books. He was national economic correspondent and business editor for Time magazine and then started the weekly newspaper NJBIZ, which covered business news in New Jersey. He sold the company in 2005 to concentrate on wine writing.

In 1976, Taber published an account in Time about the famous Paris Tasting, when unknown California wines bested the best French wines in a blind Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon tasting. Nearly 30 years later, he delved into the story again and wrote “Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine” (Scribner, September 2005), which became a best-selling book. It was selected as the wine book of the year by Decanter, the British wine magazine. The movie “Bottle Shock” was loosely based on the story.

Taber has also written “To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle” (Scribner, October 2007). The book won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and was a finalist for best wine book of the year by both the André Simon Award and the James Beard Award.

Renault Winery Resort & Golf is one of the oldest continuously operating wineries in the nation and has evolved into a destination resort. The winery’s vineyard now produces 40,000 cases of wine per year. Two distinctive restaurants, Renault Gourmet and Joseph’s (at the Tuscany House Hotel), are renowned for culinary excellence, outstanding service and old world elegance. A 50-room Mediterranean-style inn, the Tuscany House Hotel exudes warmth and is one of South Jersey’s most popular venues for weddings and corporate events.

Designed by noted golf architect Ed Shearon, Vineyard Golf sits on 225 acres of pristine land, 25 of which wind through the winery’s scenic grapevines and orchards. Named by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine as one of the “30 best new courses in the world for 2004,” Vineyard Golf further positioned Renault as a premier full-service resort.

For more information, visit www.renaultwinery.com, or call (609) 965-2111.

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