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.

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Early Praise

“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

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