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Reflections of a Vintner Stories and Seasonal Wisdom from a Lifetime in Napa Valley

Reflections of a Vintner

Stories and Seasonal Wisdom from a Lifetime in Napa Valley

By Tor Kenward
Foreword by Robert M. Parker Jr.
Afterword by Thomas Keller


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  • Publication Date: April 26, 2022
  • Imprint: Cameron Books
  • ISBN: 9781647007164
  • Page Count: 208
  • Rights: World

A compendium for wine lovers: a prominent vintner shares a lifetime of great wines, famous friends, deep knowledge, and insider insights

Reflections of a Vintner follows the calendar year, each chapter opening with the challenges and opportunities a winemaker faces that month—in the vineyard, winery, tasting room, and out on the road. In addition to the wine knowledge Tor imparts, the book relates stories of his friendships with legends of the modern American food and wine scene, including Julia Child, André Tchelistcheff, and Robert Mondavi, among others.

An iconic winemaker, Tor has written, taught, and lectured on wine most of his adult life. What he is most often asked about are not facts or numbers about his wines, but the stories behind them. These are stories of inspiration and wisdom that shaped his journey. With this insider’s book on wine, Tor offers entertaining insights into an often intimidating and complex but highly enjoyable world.

About the author

Tor Kenward began his career at Beringer in 1977, where he spent 25 years as an executive. Tor helped shape Beringer’s Private Reserve and Single Vineyard wine programs; was mentored by notable winemakers from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and California; and launched Beringer’s culinary initiatives. He cofounded the School for American Chefs with noted French chef Madeleine Kamman in the 1980s. Robert M. Parker Jr. is a wine critic and the creator of the Wine Advocate newsletter as well as the revolutionary 100-point wine rating system. He has won countless awards, including two of France’s highest presidential honors. He is the author of many books, including Burgundy and Bordeaux, and lives in Maryland with his family. Thomas Keller, the first and only American chef to hold multiple Michelin three-star ratings, is the most celebrated chef in the US. Beginning with his legendary French Laundry, Keller has opened restaurants across the country, including Per Se, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, Ad Hoc, the Surf Club Restaurant, and La Calenda. Keller is also a bestselling author, with more than 1.5 million copies of his cookbooks in print.