Vineyard: A Year in the Life of California's Wine Country

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Simon & Schuster Editions, 1998 - Cooking - 96 pages
It may be something about the number of grapes that get crushed, the days on the vine, the sun, or the rain, but there is a certain alchemy that takes place in the production of a bottle of wine, an alchemy that is noticeable in just one sip from any very good bottle. In "Vineyard", Andy Katz and Joy Sterling have captured this alchemy with their own talents in photographs and words.

Beginning with a history of wine in California, where the most popular American wines are grown, Joy Sterling describes the precarious nature of life in the vineyard-- concerns about daily variations in weather, maintaining hope through difficult seasons, and the irony in the difficulty of handling a harvest that is larger than expected. Sterling's expressive epigrams of seasons, philosophies, and perspectives of growing wine in California are accompanied by Andy Katz's crystalline photographs of vineyards in sunlight and rain, shadow and fog, abundance and rest. His photos capture the density in the light, the texture in the leaves, and the moisture in the air.

Anyone who has ever visited California will be charmed by this stunning year-round representation of the vineyards, and those who haven't will be captivated by the sheer beauty and poetry in its vistas.

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The Prayers for Balanced Weather
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About the author (1998)

Joy Sterling is also the author of "A Cultivated Life" and serves as the sales, marketing and public relations director at Iron Horse Vineyards. She was raised in Paris by American parents, graduated from Yale, and had a ten-year journalism career before joining the family winery in 1985. She is married to Forrest Tancer, Iron Horse's wine maker, and they reside at the vineyard, located outside Sebastopol, California, in Sonoma County.

Katz is a freelance photographer whose work appears in galleries worldwide.

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