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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Atkinson Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For most people, giving up the day job and moving to a beautiful area of France and living off the vines is an impossible but delicious dream. In 1990, Patricia Atkinson and her husband decided to sell up in Britain and emigrate to the Dordogne. Their idea was to buy a house with a few vines attached and employ someone to tend to the wine while they earned their living with some financial consultancy work.

There followed a series of disasters: the stock market crashed, leaving their small holding as their sole source of income; the first red wine harvest turned to vinegar; and Patricia's husband returned to Britain, unable to cope with the stress and never returned. Patricia Atkinson, whose only knowledge of wine up to that moment was that it came from a bottle and who had not a word of French, was left to salvage their life savings from the vineyards.

What follows is a remarkable story of struggle and transformation whereby her tiny four hectare plot has become a major estate of 21 hectares, where her Clos d'Yvigne wines have won awards and been adopted by wine merchants throughout the world, and where she has been hailed as a superstar by UK wine writers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane Campbell | 10/24/2013

    " Great woman, great story , my husband loved it and he is not a reader - but loved learning about how to run a vineyard. I loved reading about her dedication and persistence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marge Levy | 5/16/2013

    " I tried very hard to like this book. It is interesting to know how they grow/harvest grapes, but the book was quite dry (no pun intended) and not much emotion in it. Only made it through the first third of the book, then passed it along to a wine connoisseur! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Roberts | 4/29/2013

    " I never realized how really hard it is to grow and vintage wine! While the book gets a little repetitious towards the end, it is like a travelogue putting you in the French countryside and breathing the air! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roberta | 4/30/2011

    " OK, not great. Note to self: Never buy a vineyard and never marry an Englishman. "

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