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By Doug Shafer

ISBN-10: 0520272366

ISBN-13: 9780520272361

At the age of forty seven, whilst he a profitable publishing government and dwelling along with his spouse and 4 teenagers in an prosperous Chicago suburb, John Shafer made the shock assertion that he had bought a winery within the Napa Valley. In 1973, he moved his relations to California and, without wisdom of winemaking, started the adventure that might lead him, thirty years later, to possess and function what special wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. known as “one of the world’s maximum wineries.” This ebook, narrated by way of Shafer’s son Doug, is a private account of ways his father grew to become his midlife dream right into a outstanding luck story.

Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Seventies via its emergence at the present time as one of many most sensible wine areas on the planet, the ebook starts with the winery’s shaky begin and takes the reader during the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar mess ups, neighborhood politics, altering customer tastes, and the volatility of nature itself. Doug Shafer tells the tale of his personal schooling, in addition to Shafer Vineyards’ leading edge efforts to be environmentally sustainable, its position in spearheading the designation of a Stags jump American Viticultural zone, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.

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Perhaps to indulge this citified newbie, the buyer agreed, and they drew up a contract for a price that was based on 1973 prices. Again, not a problem. Prices for grapes had been A Vineyard in Napa / 33 growing at an astounding rate for more than ten years. 4 million more than in the previous year. Cabernet Sauvignon sold for an average of $874 per ton. 1 It was like the gold rush all over again, and no one wanted to miss out. 1. org/AgCommissioner/CropReport. seven Cabernet Dad’s approach to his vineyard life evolved rapidly.

Looking back, I believe we were caught up in another element of that time: the “back to the land” movement. The hippie version of that was to join a commune, surround yourself with goats and naked toddlers, learn the dulcimer, and grow some pot. Others were starting the organic farm movement and creating food co-ops. 1 The Napa Valley version of that movement brought Jack and Jamie Davies from Los Angeles to Napa Valley to start Schramsberg. It brought the Brounsteins of Diamond Creek, the Trefethens, the Duckhorns, and Gary and Nancy Andrus of Pine Ridge.

Helena, CA: Wine Ventures Publishing, 1998), 17. 20 A Vineyard in Napa / 21 divided up into large swaths of land that historians call the Mexican land grants. Where our winery sits today was once part of Rancho Yajome. Other land grants at that time included Rancho Caymus (which belonged to Yount), Rancho Tulocay, Rancho La Jota, Rancho Las Putas, and the peculiarly named Rancho Carne Humana (translates as “human meat”). S. S. territory along with the rest of California. In the decades that followed, pioneer vintners such as Charles Krug followed Yount’s lead and established one vineyard after another, and a wine country began to emerge from a wilderness.

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