California"s great chardonnays
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California"s great chardonnays the wine spectator"s ultimate guide for consumers, collectors, and investors by James Laube

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Published by Wine Spectator Press, Distributed by Sterling Pub. Co. in San Francisco, CA, New York, NY .
Written in English



  • California.


  • Chardonnay (Wine) -- California.

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Edition Notes

Includes index.

Statementby James Laube.
LC ClassificationsTP557 .L378 1990
The Physical Object
Pagination382 p. :
Number of Pages382
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1627141M
ISBN 10091807679X
LC Control Number91174353

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