By Doug Shafer
Set opposed to the backdrop of Napa Valley’s transformation from a rural backwater within the Seventies via its emergence at the present time as one of many best wine areas on the earth, the e-book starts with the winery’s shaky commence and takes the reader during the father and son’s ongoing battles opposed to killer insects, cellar mess ups, 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 zone, and the way the wine has replaced within the modern period of custom-crushing and hobbyist vineyard investors.
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