One of the best compliments I keep getting from people is, “I learned so much about the winemaking world while reading Eight Hundred Grapes.” I wanted to do service to this special world. I wanted to get into the beauty of winemaking and the wonderful things that make it a metaphor for family. Both require faith, patience, and fortitude.
That’s why I placed Eight Hundred Grapes there.
My husband and I went up to Sonoma County for part of the winter. We spent a lot of time in the town of Healdsburg, which I loved, and really explored Sebastopol. The attention to living an authentic life up there; it was really magnificent. There are so many artists who live there, so many people who are just trying to do good things in the world. It’s a really special place.
Copperfield’s Bookstores: There are eight Copperfield’s bookstores throughout Sonoma County and the Napa Valley, but primarily in Sonoma County. They’re these charming bookstores that are influenced by the town that they’re in; the Sebastopol location is quite different from the Healdsburg location. Visiting all the locations is great fun.
The Glen Ellen Star: Our favorite restaurant in Sonoma is the Glen Ellen Star, in Glen Ellen, which is a tiny town up there. Everything is farm to table. And there’s fantastic wine, of course.
Lynmar Estate: One of my favorite wineries and our first stop whenever we are in Sonoma County. Their winemaker Shane Finley was an enormous help while I was working on Eight Hundred Grapes.
Laura Dave is the bestselling author of four novels, including Eight Hundred Grapes, which has been optioned to become a major motion picture. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, but frequently flies home to New York to see her family. Follow her on facebook and on twitter.