Today as part of the France Book Tours – I am kicking off the week of stops with a review and a US/Canada giveaway of Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France by Caro Feeley. The giveaway is for 1 paperback copy for one lucky winner. Drawing will end on 28 October: winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Please use the giveaway tool to enter – you will find it below the book information!
In addition to writing about her experiences with managing a vineyard, Caro and her family also have some pretty unique options for those wanting to know more about wine, touring the wine country or perhaps a visit to France:
Certified organic biodynamic wines: www.terroirfeely.com | www.feelywines.com
Award winning tours: www.frenchwineadventures.com
Luxury eco gites: www.luxurydordognegites.com
It took me a bit of reading to warm to Caro Feeley’s style, a bit drier than I would have expected I’m not quite sure when her enthusiasm and determination changed my mind. Moving from London to France, taking on a new home and a new venture, neither certain or assured, the miles of red tape and bureaucratic frustrations involved with (it seems) everything in France, the leaky roof, the mice or even the fact that the whole process was a learning curve steeper than a climb over the Pyrenees.
This is most assuredly not a venture for the faint of heart: nor the easily discouraged. From the early days of never-ending letdowns, to injuries that could have completely halted any forward progress there is a core of steel with roots in the terroir and crown in the dreams that kept them moving forward unwilling to accept defeat.
Slowly, as is common in small towns, their newness will wear off and the acceptance into the village starts to make the new house a home: with their branching out into tourist ventures, tastings and even holiday gites, and the ’Best of Wine Tourism 2013′ Gold award in sustainable, they have proven their mettle and are able to compete with the larger and more famous Chateaus in France.
This book gives a view of the difficulties, the successes and the possibilities when dreams become reality, after backbreaking work, long hours, many tears and taking a moment to enjoy successes. While not always a breezy and light read, the information is presented to be easy to understand and relate with, and may provide a moment of realism for those who have ‘dreamed’ of their own Chateau but are unaware of the sheer volume of elements that can conspire to foil the perfect image.
Title: Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France
Author: Caro Feeley
Genre: Biography / Memoir, Non Fiction
Narrator: Lucy Scott
Published by: Summersdale
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 19 minutes
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Filled with vivid descriptions of delicious wines, great food, and stunning views, this is a unique insight into the world of the winemaker, and a story of passion, dedication, and love
When Caro and Sean find the perfect 10-hectare vineyard in Saussignac, it seems like their dreams of becoming winemakers in the south of France are about to come true. But they arrive in France with their young family (a toddler and a newborn) to be faced with a dilapidated 18th-century farmhouse and an enterprise that may never, ever make them a living. Undeterred by mouse infestations, a leaking roof, treacherous hordes of insects, visits from the local farm "police," and a nasty accident with an agricultural trimmer, Caro and Sean set about transforming their "beyond eccentric" winery into a successful business as they embark on the biggest adventure of their lives—learning to make wine from the roots up.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
You can win a paperback copy of the book if you are 18 or older and have a mailing address in the US or Canada – no PO boxes please. Drawing will end at 1 am (EST) on 28 October. Winner will have 24 hours to respond with information or another winner will be chosen.
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