Clos Pepe:
A Vigneron's Quest For Great Dirt

By Stephen P. Pepe
7.5 x 10 in; 228 pages
$25.00 Softcover
ISBN 0-9701030-5-0

Clos Pepe: A Vigneron's Quest For Great Dirt, by Stephen P. Pepe, is a compelling memoir of change and exploration with the culmination being the creation of one of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards and wine brands in California.

Here are some excerpts from Clos Pepe:

“In the end, it had not been a difficult decision to leave the hectic pace behind for what I anticipated would be the sublime pleasures of a farmer’s life in the Santa Rita Hills... It was not the most famous wine-growing region on the globe, or even in California, but the Santa Rita Hills suited Catherine and me perfectly.”
-- from Chapter 1, "Back To The Long Beach Roots"

“That weekend I spent many hours spreading thousands of mustard seeds throughout the Clos property... Recently, as Catherine and I were driving along Highway 246 one day, we couldn’t help but notice that the hills and valley were covered with lovely yellow wild mustard flowers... very few of the pretty saffron-colored blossoms had been around in 1994 and 1995 when we’d first arrived. Perhaps, we thought with a modicum of pride, I’d inadvertently been the ‘Johnny Mustard Seed’ of the Santa Rita Hills?”
-- from Chapter 9, "Staking, Rootstocks And Cloning Around: Grey Poupon Anyone?"

“It was almost noon on Saturday, September 9, 2000, when Cathy and I found ourselves standing on top of the Pinot Noir hill at Clos Pepe... We suddenly found it hard to believe that what had started out as a makeshift vineyard of 54 grapevines planted with the help of our friends in a suburban Long Beach backyard nine years ago had evolved into what now lay before us: more than 40,000 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapevines flourishing in the sun, framed by the Santa Rita Hills.”
-- from Chapter 22, "A Vineyard Wedding"


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1. Chapter 1

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