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Deirdre Heekin

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.

Photo Credit: Jan Cannon

    Deirdre's Upcoming Events

    • Deirdre Heekin at Shelburne Farms
      1611 Harbor Road , Shelburne VT 05482
      June 16, 2015, 5:30 pm

      Join Deirdre Heekin for a Vermont Terroir Dinner at the Inn at the Shelburne Farms on Tuesday, June 16th. This event, sponsored by the Shelburne Farms and Chelsea Green Publishing, will begin with a 5:30 reception, to be followed by dinner at 7:00 PM with wine pairings. The family style dinner will feature ingredients from the market garden, pastures, forests and vineyard. A very limited production wine (only 22 bottles!) made by Deirdre from grapes grown on Shelburne Farms will also be served. Copies of Deirdre’s book, “An Unlikely Vineyard," will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is limited to 24 people and costs $125, including tax and gratuity.  

    • Deirdre Heekin at Canaan Meetinghouse Readings
      Canaan Street , Canaan NH 03741
      July 16, 2015, 7:30 pm

      On July 16th, Deirdre Heekin will speak at the Canaan Meetinghouse as part of their 2015 Reading Series. The reading will begin at 7:30 PM in Canaan, NH. Books will be available for sale as well as signing after the event.

    Deirdre's Books

    An Unlikely Vineyard

    The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

    Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express the essence of placethe geology, geography, climate, and its soilas well as the skill of the winegrower? Thats 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.


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