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The Heartbreak Grape, Revised and Updated: A Journey in Search of the Perfect Pinot Noir Paperback – February 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Mcarthur & Company; Rev Upd edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552786102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552786109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ramonaray on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Here is a story well told. Marq de Villiers so enjoyed his chance encounter with a glass of Calera Pinot Noir that he found himself contemplating it throughout the evening it had been shared. He wondered if he could retrace the wine's history - from the winemaker's dream to make it up to the moment it was poured into the very glass set before him. The result of that resolve is this book - an engaging and entertaining journey to Mt. Harlan, the home of Josh Jensen's Calera Wine Company, and a chronicle of not only the wine poured into his glass, but of Jensen's long-endured struggles to make it.

De Villiers did his research in 1991, and into late 1992, I believe, and the original book was published in 1993. I read the first edition only to find out that soon after I had done so, a completely revised and updated version would be released in late April `07. I was probably one of the first to buy it again. I had to see what had happened to Josh Jensen since then. Of course, I knew that he was still making wine, because I had been compelled to order half a case of his pinot after all I had read about it. Watch out, this book could cost you more than the $12.95 retail price - but no matter, the wine is awesome, I can assure you of that.

The revised edition is more of the same, which is to say it's a very good continuation of a great story. De Villiers is reverent to the grape, to viticulture, to Josh Jensen himself, and to the wine he produces. He tells the story as much from Jensen's point of view as anything, but like a good photographer or film producer, he comes in tight on his subject and then backs off to show more of the entire landscape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stanley on August 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
I recently published Creating World Class Red Wine, a top down study of how the finest wines in the world are made.
Years ago, I read everything (quality) about wine in the English language. Since it is a biography, The Heartbreak Grape is one that I will recommend amongst several for those interested in how quality wine is made. It is Josh Jensen's quest for his dream. Josh is a pioneer, doing what many around him claimed could or should not be done--hence the title. The bottom line is, Jensons work became an inspirational cornerstone for the California and Oregon Pinot Noir Industry. Also, do you like Viognier? He brought to the states. I can connect with that because I helped make some of the first Viognier in WA state from Ciel du Cheval Fruit when I worked with McCrea. Read this book. It's a good read even if you are not a winemaker.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Renee Morton on May 27, 2009
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This is the book for anyone who is curious about growing grapes and making wine - not just Pinot Noir! It is well-written and thoroughly researched, but the best part is that the reader really gets to know Josh Jensen, an exceptional man and a true trail blazer in the California wine industry. It is even fun to read!
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