Book Review: Seasons Among the Vines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country by Paula Moulton
Many who love wine dream of abandoning their 9-5 day job in hopes of buying a winery or growing their own grapes. Who can blame someone for wanting to experience a quintessential lifestyle mesmerized by picturesque landscapes of a well-groomed vineyard harmonized with an enduring peacefulness that encapsulates the land.
|Undeniably, there is a certain romanticism associated with the wine business yet most do not see the opposing side filled with disaster and manual hard labor. Seasons Among the Vines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country by Paula Moulton is a book that captures one woman’s journey of leaving the fast lane to follow her passion of living in the country and working a vineyard in Sonoma. Uprooting her family from San Francisco, Paula moves to Glen Ellen where she experiences a fascinating journey of twists and turns as her habitually absent husband continues his busy medical career.|
Rather than focusing on the romanticism of the wine business, Paula produces an uplifting and emotional memoir filled with anecdotes of her struggles and triumphs in a male-dominated farming world. Narrative as well as practical, each chapter flows through the seasons and captures literal and symbolic meanings throughout the day-to-day life as a farmer.
On the practical side, Moulton dives into a number of subjects such as soil analysis, vine anatomy, farming styles, pest control, berry development, and biodynamic principles for which she cultivates herself to dry-farming grape production through trial and error. It’s a good read for anyone wanting to learn more about the grape growing process. Included in each section are useful tips, techniques, and advice that inform readers on everything from process related information such as how to prune vines or how to test soil, to interesting facts on how many grape vines it takes to produce a bottle a wine.
Conversely, the narrative side is what genuinely shines. What’s truly captivating is Moulton’s ability to overcome obstacles through immense dedication, love and affection for farming and nature, which conquers her emotional voyage through trial and tribulation. It’s a unique and captivating story, which celebrates life, wine and spiritual development. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy the read!
|Seasons Among the Vines: Life Lessons from the California Wine Country|
~ Pamela Heiligenthal