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The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest) Hardcover – February 15, 2012
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Presented in a series of stories centered at wineries and the interesting collection of folks who founded them, the story begins with the author sharing an imaginary glass of wine and conversation with a friar from an early Texas Spanish mission, then progresses to the 19th century with the founding of the oldest continuously operating winery in Texas, Val Verde Winery in Del Rio, which was founded in the late 1800s by an Italian immigrant, and survived prohibition by selling wines for sacramental and medicinal purposes. The trail then jumps to the 1970s when the modern Texas wine industry began in earnest. The book describes the early successes, the failures, the loss of vineyards to devasting Pierce's disease, the struggle to find the right grapes for the Texas terroir, the innovations, the heartbreaks, the research, the search for the industry's early roots - all told in a series of fascinating chronicles. It's a great read, even if you're not a serious wine afficanado. I read the book in one rainy weekend that had originally been set aside for planting my vegetable garden. The rain helped enrich the soil for the next weekend, and the book enriched me.