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ISBN: 9781603584579
Year Added to Catalog: 2014
Book Format: Hardcover
Book Art: Full Color
Dimensions: 7 x 10
Number of Pages: 384
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: October 22, 2014
Web Product ID: 808

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An Unlikely Vineyard

The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

by Deirdre Heekin

Foreword by Alice Feiring

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  • “I won’t mince words about “An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir” (Chelsea Green, $35), Deirdre Heekin’s chronicle of establishing a farm and vineyard in Vermont. I love this book, which conveys beautifully why the best wine is, at heart, an agricultural expression. While living in Italy, Ms. Heekin and her husband, Caleb Barber, fell in love with Italian food and wine culture. On returning to Vermont they established an osteria, then developed their small farm to provide vegetables, fruits, flowers and wine for the restaurant. Her husband cooks; Ms. Heekin is the sommelier and farmer. In her farming she takes a holistic approach, regarding wine as produce. She is naturally drawn to biodynamic agriculture, which views a farm as a self-sustaining unit in which the various elements all harmonize and reinforce one another. This method of farming requires meticulous powers of observation and attention to detail. It also imbues Ms. Heekin’s writing with a tactile, almost earthy quality and a well-grounded sense of wonder. The book is not solely about grape-growing. Ms. Heekin places wine in the context of a diverse farm, an alternative to the agricultural and critical view of wine as a monoculture. In the end, she writes, what’s most important is 'the shared experience around the table that is defined by the culture of food, wine, friendship, ideas and heart.' If you can find her soulful wine, produced in tiny quantities and labeled La Garagista, it resonates with every sentiment in the book.”

    —Eric Asimov, Chief Wine Critic, The New York Times

  • “An exceptionally well written and engaging account that is beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography. An inherently fascinating and entertaining, 'An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir' is very highly recommended for personal reading lists and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.”—Midwest Book Review

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