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By Doug Shafer

At the age of forty seven, whilst he a profitable publishing govt and dwelling along with his spouse and 4 childrens 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 kin to California and, with out wisdom of winemaking, started the adventure that may lead him, thirty years later, to possess and function what amazing wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. referred to as “one of the world’s maximum wineries.” This ebook, narrated by way of Shafer’s son Doug, is a private account of the way his father became his midlife dream right into a striking good fortune story.

Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Nineteen Seventies via its emergence this day as one of many best wine areas on the earth, the ebook starts off with the winery’s shaky commence and takes the reader in the course of the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar failures, neighborhood politics, altering patron 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 sector, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.

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Most were located in the center of the Valley with deep fertile soils, drawing lots of moisture from the nearby Napa River. Dad’s goal was to find a dry, rugged hillside, having read that grapes from terraced hillsides were favored for centuries throughout the Mediterranean world. A saying that dates back to the Roman Empire, “Bacchus amat colles,” which translates as “Bacchus loves the hills,” illustrates the idea that the Romans believed their god of wine had a special affinity for wine sourced from hillside vines.

None of his guidance came from reference works or a formal education; all of it came through observation, gut feeling, and experience. If he had Big John’s respect, Dad thought, Alfonso was certainly worth trying out. Alfonso had fairly recently come to the Valley from his home in the Mexican state of Jalisco and didn’t speak much English. Dad wasn’t terribly fluent in Spanish, although he’d been studying it in night classes at Napa Valley College. Yet they managed to communicate through gestures and half-sentences and a sense of humor.

Working in that top-floor office, which sounded impressive, had turned as gray and uninspiring as the old machine tool job in Cleveland. Around this time Dad read a newspaper story that struck a chord. It said that if you were going to embark on a second career you needed to start by the age of fifty. The wheels started turning. ” The document laid out a compelling case for the future of wine in the Golden State in just twelve pages, beginning with its opening paragraph, “The strongest growth in wine markets ever recorded will occur during the next ten years.

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