At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life

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SIGNED in person on ffep, with inscription: "Cheers!", a fine, new book and dustjacket. This interesting book is the story of how Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser learned viniculture ... and small business as a preliminary to planting their first grape vines on their land in Dundee, Oregon. Now, their Winery produces 45,000 cases of wine each year. Along with other pioneer vintners, the Blossers put together a well-respected wine industry, and it has become over the last several years, one of the more environmentally progressive industries in Oregon. An inspirational story well told by a true entrepeneur and ambitious lady. Read more Show Less

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About the Author:
Susan Sokol Blosser is President of Sokol Blosser Winery

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In 1970, the Blossers were in their mid-20s, having spent most of their four married years in graduate school or on memorable road trips in their Volkswagon camper. Then, as she puts it, "Bill and I each gave birth." She produced their first child, while he bought their first lot of vineyard landin Oregon. As Blosser explains, in 1970 American wine was supposed to be made in California, if at all. But they were guessing that pinot noir, in particular, might work well in a colder, damper climate if the soil were right and the growing calendar adjusted to work with the weather. The Blossers, together with other Oregon pioneers, built up a well-regarded wine industry, which in recent years has become one of the state's more environmentally progressive industries as well. Blosser tells the story of how they learned both viniculture and small business management. True, their marriage ended after 33 years, but she's not one to dwell on the negative in this upbeat narrative. While Blosser's story might be interesting for a vintner hopeful, general readers may find it flat. Blosser might make great wines, but her writing could use a little more flavor. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520248656
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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Susan Sokol Blosser is President of Sokol Blosser Winery. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Portland.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Question

1 Roots
2 Winery
3 Dirt
4 Growth
5 Turnover
6 Vision
7 Renaissance
8 Horizon

Afterword: Reflections
Appendix: An Annotated Time Line of the Oregon Wine Industry
Index

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Just as the subtitle suggests, At Home in the Vineyard effectively describes the slow, steady transformation of an estate winery, a wine industry, and a human being over a period of more than 30 years. It is an intimate study of all three components delivered in a narrative style that keeps you engaged from start to finish.

    This book is first and foremost a memoir describing the author's experiences planting a vineyard, starting a winery, and managing both through several decades of trials and tribulations. In addition, Susan provides the reader a first-hand historical account of the Oregon wine industry from its beginnings in the early 1970's. Along the way, she offers candid insights into her personal and professional growth as a wife, mother, business owner, daughter, sister, community leader, friend, and neighbor.

    Until reading this book, I never realized the integral role Susan Sokol Blosser played in developing Oregon's wine industry. Nor did I know about the lead role Sokol Blosser Winery took toward adopting sustainable practices, becoming one of the first vineyards to be certified by LIVE and the first winery to be certified by LEED. This is impressive considering the impact these efforts have had on the rest of the state's wine industry.

    Having read a variety of wine memoirs, Susan's story stands out as one of the more insightful and intriguing books of its genre. At Home in the Vineyard should appeal to the wine enthusiast, aspiring winemaker, and Oregon pinot fan alike. Anyone reading this book will come away more connected to the people and places behind Oregon wine in general, and Sokol Blosser Winery in particular.

    If you are seeking to understand Oregon wine in a deeper, more connected way, then you owe it to yourself to read At Home in the Vineyard.

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