Stories and seasonal wisdom from a lifetime in Napa Valley

Reflections of a Vintner recounts the lessons learned, relationships forged, and observations made from an insider’s nearly fifty-year journey through the burgeoning wine industry in Napa Valley. From the mid-seventies, when there were less than fifty wineries, to the present, with over eight hundred, Tor Kenward shares his recollections as the region became a world-class wine destination.

Reflections of a Vintner
By Tor Kenward
Featured as The Buzz Pick on Good Morning America

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“Tor Kenward has been one of my heroes since the 1970s. He understands not only the marketing of premium wines but also the growing and making of it. Tor’s book does a wonderful job of explaining his times and the Napa journey.”

—Andy Beckstoffer; chairman of Beckstoffer Vineyards

“This book, which describes so much of what made Tor the Napa Valley icon he is, is a welcome addition to the winemaking canon.”

—Thomas Keller; chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer (from the foreword)

“If ever there were someone with roots planted deep in the terroir of the modern American food and wine movement, it’s Tor Kenward. He was touched, inspired, and befriended seemingly by everyone who attended the revolution, and with we are fortunate to have an inside view of this ambassador’s singular life’s journey.”

—Danny Meyer, author of Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

“A gifted man and a great storyteller, Tor captures living and working in Napa Valley so appropriately. Reflections of a Vintner humbly and brilliantly depicts the history of the Valley and wine. It brought tears to my eyes as I relived and reminisced about the glory days.”

—Gary Danko, chef and three-time James Beard Award–winner

“Beyond reflections on friends and icons, Kenward tells Napa Valley’s ‘coming of age’ story. In Reflections of a Vintner, the region is as much a pivotal character as Julia Child or Kenward himself.”………“Whether you’re dedicated to California cabs or another varietal, Kenward has advice for readers in hopes of demystifying the drinking of wine.”


“One cannot help but marvel at Tor Kenward’s journey when it is experienced through his book Reflections of a Vintner.”


“Reflections of a Vintner, is a must read.” 

San Francisco Magazine

Reflections of Vintner, GMA Buzz Pick of the week!

“These wines are expensive, but the pedigree of the sites, the quality of the winemaking and the passion of the owner are all noteworthy. If there was any doubt about the latter, Kenward has recently published a book, Reflections of a Vintner, that should be on any Napa-phile’s reading list.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“If you love Napa Valley, open a favorite bottle, kick back and escape by reminiscing with Tor Kenward.”

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