Deirdre Heekin is the author of An Unlikely Vineyard. She is the proprietor and wine director of Osteria Pane e Salute, an acclaimed restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont. Heekin and her husband and head chef, Caleb Barber, are the authors of In Late Winter We Ate Pears (Chelsea Green, 2009), and she is also the author of Libation: A Bitter Alchemy (Chelsea Green, 2009) and Pane e Salute (Invisible Cities Press, 2002). Heekin and her husband live on a small farm in Barnard, Vermont, where they grow both the vegetables for their restaurant and natural wines and ciders for their la garagista label.
Deirdre will speak about her new book, An Unlikely Vineyard, at the Norwich Bookstore on Wednesday, October 29 @ 7pm. An opportunity for Q&A will follow the talk. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.
The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir
Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express the essence of place—the geology, geography, climate, and its soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower? That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her husband set out to do on their eight-acre hillside farm in Vermont. An Unlikely Vineyard tells the story of their farm and its evolution, from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape that melds with its natural environment. Accompanied throughout by lush photos, this gentle narrative will appeal to anyone who loves food, farms, and living well.