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A Man and His Mountain by Edward Humes

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Chapter 6

Bending and Blending

Before the breakthrough success of the first Vintner’s Reserve in 1983, in the desperate time of winery construction and stuck fermentation, Jackson had telephoned his daughter with bad news: he could no longer cover her law school expenses. She would have to line up some student loans for her second year at Santa Clara University.

“What’s wrong, Dad?” Jenny asked, his clipped tone priming her for a fight. They had barely spoken for a year. She hadn’t even come home for the holidays, staying instead with her boyfriend and his family. After initially supporting her ambitions to follow in his footsteps by pursuing a law degree, Jess had reversed himself and angrily opposed her choice. They had a terrible falling ...

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