Seasons Among the Vines
Life Lessons from the California Wine Country
By Paula Moulton
(Frog Books, Paperback, 9781583940822, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 30, 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Seasons Among the Vines explores the pleasures and pitfalls of following a lifelong dream. For Paula Moulton it was the dream of leaving the city for the California wine country to take up viticulture and gardening. In the process, she finds unexpected frustrations in running a farm and seeks help from some skeptical farmers who initially challenge her. As she finds her stride, her story resonates with her passion for the outdoors and the rewards of risk-taking. Organized by the seasons, the book shows how experimenting with vines can be a joyful reality, not simply an unattainable fantasy. Moulton's enthusiasm and "you can do it, too!" attitude add an inspiring touch to a compelling story of the rich rewards that authentic living can bring. This enchanting memoir is accompanied by photos and illustrations.
Paula Moulton lives in Glen Ellen, California, with her husband, three children, acres of grapevines, and many unexpected animal visitors. She has been growing grapes for ten years, sells her fruit to Ravenswood Winery, and received a bronze medal for her Cabernet Sauvignon.
"Seasons Among the Vines interweaves the practicalities of farming and making wine with the changes of the seasons and life. Paula Moulton's charming anecdotes of her personal experiences unfold into vital details for growing grapes. Moulton ultimately gives the reader a story about life - and the emotional and spiritual development associated with farming and making wine."
- Rob Loutherback, The Wine Club
"Everything the urban and suburban backyard vinegrower needs to know to design and grow a small vineyard and make a bottle of wine. Seasons Among the Vines comes complete with war stories and inspiration."
- Mike Benziger, Benziger Family Winery
"Paula Moulton's fresh approach and passion for the vineyard, combined with her extensive knowledge, make for humorous experiences that arise from practical application. Seasons Among the Vines is a wonderful reference to the natural progression of the seasons from the vineyard to the bottle."
- Joan Coleman Little, granddaughter of Julio Gallo and owner of Little Vineyards Family Winery