A noted illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, Mark Miller founded Benmarl Winery in 1957 on the site of a vineyard established by the early American viticulturist Andrew J. Caywood. In addition to winning many awards for his wines, Miller and Benmarl were at the forefront of the small farm winery movement in New York and played a leading role in securing passage of the state's Farm Winery Act of 1976, which reduced the annual licensing fee and also expanded allowable retail sales at wineries. Miller died in 2008.
Wine - A Gentleman's Game: The Adventures of an Amateur Winemaker Turned Professionalby Mark Miller
In 1957, Mark and Dene Miller purchased a vineyard in Marlboro, New York, overlooking the majestic Hudson River and the distant Berkshires. They really only wanted a few acres on which to plant a few vines, from which/i>
How one man and his family made their dream of owning a winery come true--and helped revitalize New York's winemaking industry in the process.
In 1957, Mark and Dene Miller purchased a vineyard in Marlboro, New York, overlooking the majestic Hudson River and the distant Berkshires. They really only wanted a few acres on which to plant a few vines, from which they hoped to produce a few cases of wine for themselves and their friends. Out of that small dream, however, grew something much more ambitious: the revitalization not only of America's oldest known vineyard but of the entire Hudson Valley winemaking industry.. Their story, and the story of Benmarl Winery, told with charm and humor and illustrated with Mark Miller's own handsome drawings, not only offers a great deal of practical information on grape cultivation and winemaking, it also provides inpiration, nurturing the hope lurking in many of us that, with the proper amount of courage and determination, we could do the same.
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