A Vineyard in Napa by Doug Shafer

By Doug Shafer

At the age of forty seven, while he a winning publishing govt 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 relations to California and, with out wisdom of winemaking, all started the adventure that might lead him, thirty years later, to possess and function what special wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. referred to as “one of the world’s maximum wineries.” This booklet, narrated by means of Shafer’s son Doug, is a private account of ways his father grew to become 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 Seventies via its emergence this day as one of many best wine areas on the earth, the booklet starts off with the winery’s shaky commence and takes the reader during the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar failures, neighborhood politics, altering customer tastes, and the volatility of nature itself. Doug Shafer tells the tale of his personal schooling, in addition to Shafer Vineyards’ cutting edge efforts to be environmentally sustainable, its position in spearheading the designation of a Stags jump American Viticultural region, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.

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Early on, as we were terracing the hillside, it became clear we’d need to blast out several Buick-sized boulders. My sister Libby was living in San Francisco and working at Wells Fargo at the time, but helped out at the property as often as she could. At Dad’s request she drove to Marin County and loaded up the trunk of her car with dynamite, terrified on the forty-five-minute drive to our vineyard that she’d get rear-ended. —sent up plumes of smoke and debris. In the blink of an eye, the boulders were gone, but the hillside looked like it had just given birth to about twenty thousand baby rocks.

Catching fireflies, and watching Dad and his friends practice chip shots and knock back gin and tonics on the lawn. There were always one or two black labs in the mix. During the school year, we benefited from Dad’s career, which bridged education and salesmanship. In the bedroom I shared with my brothers, Dad created a system of sliding blackboards. In the evenings, we would “play school” with him. With chalk in hand he would make up fast-action math and word games that were such fun we had no idea he was teaching us key concepts and ideas.

But to this day I still hear that voice in my head telling me to get my hands out of my pockets. Throughout this period Dad was juggling two careers— education and grape growing. His first classroom stint was at a new continuation school in Napa called Temescal, created for students who, for a variety of reasons, weren’t succeeding at the local high school. Most had gotten into trouble and had spent time in juvenile hall. Dad believed the work there was important and could have a positive impact, but it was not an easy year.

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