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Posted January 1, 2010
In this wonderful account, Doyle shares the year he spent following Don Lange and his son, Jesse, of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards located in Dundee, Oregon. He begins his story in late fall after crush, when the vineyards become dormant, but much work remains in the winery. Doyle then traces the trials and tribulations of the Lange father-son duo as they work through the winter, spring and summer, culminating in the fall harvest when crush is in full swing again.
Doyle's writing style lends well to the subject of wine, for he does an excellent job providing readers with useful metaphors and insightful thoughts on the larger context of grape growing and wine making. I liked his emphasis on how wine should be celebrated as part of a meal, which is in keeping with the Lange's approach to winemaking. The book is an entertaining read and very enlightening. I came away with a much deeper appreciation for estate wineries in general, as these folks are as much farmers as they are winemakers.
"The Grail" is one of my favorite wine books because of its primary focus on the "who", while still delivering on the "what" and "where". It's a book that will take you beyond the bottle and connect you to people and places producing wine in Oregon.
Posted August 21, 2007
I could barely make it past the first few pages, the whole book seems like a series of VERY long runon sentences. The first paragraph on page 4 is a 154 word sentence. I quickly became bored and had to explain my swirling eyeballs to my wife. I could barely read a few pages. I skipped ahead, and found this same 'style' throughout the book. I found this to be absolutely unreadableWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.