- Series: The Caro Feely Wine Collection
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Summersdale (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849532575
- ISBN-13: 978-1849532570
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France (The Caro Feely Wine Collection) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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As Feely, a wine educator, explains in her keenly observed story of novice winemakers, it requires a Herculean level of commitment, labor, and possibly madness to maintain a vineyard. Feely and her husband, Sean, decided to realize their dream to produce organic wine and leave Dublin, so they bought a 30-acre vineyard an hour from Bordeaux. After dealing with levels of French bureaucracy, they quickly discovered that the owners left them with a mouse infestation, broken or rusting equipment, and the need for massive renovations. However, believing in their grapes and their decision, they got down to the hard work of harvesting. During a brutal heat wave, they had to prune and trim the vines to prevent fungus, remove weeds by hand, clean and sterilize their equipment, and deal with government inspectors. Fellow vineyard owners helped the couple finish the trimming, showing an unexpected openness to the newcomers. Despite the steep learning curve, profound struggles, and financial uncertainty, they quickly felt right at home, as Feely tells readers in this enthusiastic narrative (Oct.)
"[A] keenly observed story... [and an] enthusiastic narrative.” —Publishers Weekly
“If you are among the throngs of wine lovers who have harbored fantasies of owning a vineyard and living the glamorous lifestyle of the chatelaine of a wine domain, then you might want to read Grape Expectations: A Family’s Vineyard Adventure in France.” —PG Plate
"Merry misadventures and all that." —The Sacramento Bee
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The Feely family decides to chuck their very good careers in London and take their toddler daughter and baby daughter to a wreck of
an old house and overgrown vineyard in France. Caro Feely, the author, who hadn't been to the property was shocked by what a disaster the house was.
Her husband who had visited remarked that it looked worse than he remembered.
Years of backbreaking work and worries upon worries almost wreck their marriage and turn their dreams into nightmares.
After awhile the constant struggle became tedious and painful and I couldn't wait for it to end. Too many worries and too much suffering. The reason for the high rating is because of the honesty and clarity of the writing.
I'm inspired to "go organic" and am looking forward to visiting as soon as possible.