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By Doug Shafer, Andy Demsky

At the age of forty seven, whilst he a winning publishing government and dwelling together with his spouse and 4 kids 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 family members to California and, without wisdom of winemaking, begun the adventure that will lead him, thirty years later, to possess and function what uncommon wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. known as “one of the world’s maximum wineries.” This e-book, narrated through Shafer’s son Doug, is a private account of the way his father became his midlife dream right into a amazing good fortune story.

Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Seventies via its emergence this present day as one of many most sensible wine areas on this planet, the publication starts off with the winery’s shaky begin and takes the reader throughout the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar mess ups, neighborhood politics, altering shopper 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 function in spearheading the designation of a Stags bounce 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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