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Wine - A Gentleman's Game
The Adventures of an Amateur Winemaker Turned Professional
Wine - A Gentleman's Game
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Mark Miller - Author
Excelsior Editions
Price: $19.95 
Paperback - 227 pages
Release Date: July 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2932-8

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How one man and his family made their dream of owning a winery come true—and helped revitalize New York’s winemaking industry in the process.

In 1957, Mark and Dene Miller purchased a vineyard in Marlboro, New York, overlooking the majestic Hudson River and the distant Berkshires. They really only wanted a few acres of vines, from which they hoped to produce a few cases of wine for themselves and their friends. Yet out of that small dream grew something much more ambitious: the revitalization not only of America’s oldest known vineyard but of the entire Hudson Valley winemaking industry. Told with charm and humor and illustrated with Mark Miller’s own handsome drawings, Wine—A Gentleman’s Game offers a great deal of practical information on grape cultivation and winemaking. Perhaps more importantly, however, their story, and the story of Benmarl Winery, also nurtures the hope lurking in many of us that, with the proper amount of courage and determination, we could do the same.

“The technical knowledge this book contains is enhanced by historical photographs and charmingly detailed illustrations by Miller himself … This memoir on the art of winemaking is truly a labor of love.” — San Francisco Book Review

A noted illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, Mark Miller founded Benmarl Winery in 1957 on the site of a vineyard established by the early American viticulturist Andrew J. Caywood. In addition to winning many awards for his wines, Miller and Benmarl were at the forefront of the small farm winery movement in New York and played a leading role in securing passage of the state’s Farm Winery Act of 1976, which reduced the annual licensing fee and also expanded allowable retail sales at wineries. Miller died in 2008.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: The “gentleman’s game”?

1. The Road to a Dream

2. The Initiation

3. A Backward Glance

4. Our First Year

5. Growth and Change

6. The Burgundy Years

7. Return to America

8. A Misstep

9. A Little Help from Our Friends

10. The Bottom Line

Epilogue


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