This book chronicles the personal journey of pioneering female winery owner Susan Sokol Blosser, from deciding on a whim to grow wine grapes in the early 1970s, to the trials and tribulations of starting her family-owned winery, Sokol Blosser, in the then little-known Willamette Valley, to the transfer of leadership from the first generation to the present. The themes of feminism, love, and loss are woven throughout the candidly rendered tale, which is interspersed with delicious recipes representing key moments in Susan's life.
"The founder of Sokol Blosser Winery, one of Willamette’s first wineries, Susan Sokol Blosser was instrumental in helping her region attain world-class status for its Pinot Noir. This memoir proves that her writing and intelligence is on par with her winemaking prowess." --Foreword Reviews, Exceptional Gift Books (Holiday 2017)
"Readers will be intrigued by Susan Sokol Blosser’s new comprehensive memoir about starting and running one of the first vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley. . . Sokol Blosser writes in a clear, highly readable manner as she deals with subjects ranging from financial struggles to organic farming, to Oregon’s land-use laws, all from her unique perspective. . . . It’s a deeply personal memoir, too. . . .The chapters about watching the second generation blossom are among the most interesting in the book." --Oregon Wine Press
"Susan Sokol Blosser delivers an expressive, balanced memoir about what it was like for a young woman from the Midwest to help start a state wine industry that’s grown from pointing out Oregon on a map to recording a half-billion dollars in sales in 2016. She also writes frankly about the challenges of passing Sokol Blosser to her three children." --Amy Wang, The Oregonian/Oregon Live