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My First Crush: Misadventures in Wine Country
by Linda Kaplan
When Linda Kaplan’s husband quit his law firm in Des Moines and bought Panther Creek, a vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Kaplan went along for the ride, though she couldn’t tell an earthy wine with a hint of cherries from a glass of grape juice. It didn’t matter: They were going to make pinot noir in a small town, and they would learn how or go crazy trying. Kaplan ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Lyons Press
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Another Oregon wine book. My First Crush: Misadventures in Wine Country by Linda Kaplan. This one comes from the point of view of a couple who moved from Iowa to McMinnville in the early 90's to run Panther Creek winery. Specifically, her point of view - she was pretty unschooled in the wine world at the time. That's what makes this such a fun read: it's very unpretentious. She allows us to learn along with her mistakes, while providing sidebars that explain things that she's learned over the ye ...more
the true story of a couple from Iowa that move to Oregon to run Panther Creek Winery. They really do make fantastic Pinot Noirs! She's unpretentious and very Midwestern. Some of her goofiness had me rolling my eyes (the bit about the nutria) but she's very honest and real. I learned so much about wine and winemaking in a laidback, conversational way. For that alone the book was well worth reading.
Overall, I liked this story of uprooting your life after your kids leave for college. The biggest negative for me was my lack of sympathy for the author's "rich people problems." I learned a reasonable amount about Oregon winemaking and Pinot Noir from the notes that were interspersed throughout the book.
Really enjoyed this book! It's a true story about a couple who moved from Iowa and bought a winery in McMinville, OR in 1994. It's great ~ easy to read, interesting, and also gives a lot of good information about wine and winemaking in general. Loved it!