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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joy Sterling Narrator: Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 1993 ISBN: 9781428198876
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What makes a wine distinctive is the goût du terroir, or the taste of the land, plus the personality and passion of the wine maker who lovingly adds his own liqueur de dosage or secret ingredient to each bottle. Here is a vintner’s month-by-month account of one vintage at the Iron Horse vineyard located in the hills of Sonoma County in California. Joy Sterling, author and wife of Iron Horse’s winemaker, fascinates with her account of the commitment involved in producing a premium wine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A warm, wise story of one woman’s affair with wine and the vine.”

    New York Times
  • “An absorbing, exciting, and revealing account of what lies behind the glossy façade of the wine world.”


  • “Sterling presents a seductive picture of the pleasures (and hardships) of making and marketing wine, and recalls her family’s years in Paris, where they lived before buying the California vineyard in 1976. While much attention is paid here to her family’s elegant hospitality, the book is also a layperson’s guide to the intricacies of wine-making from planting the rootstock through nurturing the vines, harvesting the grapes, and marketing the Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and sparkling wines.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[An] account of a year spent producing, promoting, and peddling the wines of the noted Iron Horse Vineyards in California's Sonoma Valley…[by] Sterling—daughter of the firm’s original owners and marketing and sales director of Iron Horse since 1985.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Joy Sterling is the sales, marketing and public relations director at Iron Horse Vineyards. She was raised in Paris by American parents, graduated from Yale, and had a ten-year journalism career before joining the family winery in 1985. She is married to Forrest Tancer, Iron Horse’s wine maker, and they reside at the vineyard, located outside Sebastopol, California, in Sonoma County.

About the Narrator

Barbara Caruso, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.