My guest this week is Susan Branch who is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of her first book “Heart of the Home” with an new and updated version.
With an emphasis on simple preparation and fresh foods, Susan Branch has created the perfect combination of illustration and prose and a celebration of food sure to become a classic of homespun delights. Susan Branch wrote the book completely written by hand and illustrated it with charming and beautiful color watercolors.
Susan Branch was born in Southern California but calls her 1849 home on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard her “heart magnet” because she was drawn to New England from childhood and loved it before she laid eyes on it. She finally moved there in her early 30’s, no longer “able to live without four seasons and white picket fences as everyday architecture.” She is the oldest of eight children and inspired by “almost everything.” Her hand-lettered and watercolored Heart of the Home series of books are a reflection of the things she loves to celebrate, the home-arts of cooking, gardening, homemaking, family, best friends, entertaining, and the little things that make life sweet. Her newest book, A FINE ROMANCE ~ Falling in Love with the English Countryside, is a diary of her two-month jaunt through the back roads of England in search of her literary and artistic roots. It’s filled with the little details, both in words and pictures, that readers have grown to love in Susan’s books.
Susan has a large and loyal following on her blog at www.susanbranch.com and her personal newsletter (“Willard,” named for her grandfather, “another story”), filled with photos, recipes and art, is emailed to approximately 50,000 subscribers monthly.
Joining me for the wine of the week is Nelly Gutiérrez Commercial Manager for William Cole Vineyards
About William Cole Vineyards: The Casablanca Valley of Chile, is well known for its natural beauty.
Rugged hills are seen in every direction, and between them, fertile farms with small villages nestled here and there. Perhaps, though, the most beautiful parts of the valley are the fields of wine grapevines. Their rich green colors spread sometimes as far as the eye can see; they are arrayed row upon row of meticulously cultivated Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
It is partly the soil diversity that makes the Casablanca Valley one of the premier wine producing regions in the world. The most important factor is the climate; typically, the intensely cold waters of the nearby Pacific Ocean create cool foggy nights while clear, cloudless days are usual during the growing season. Learn more here!
Good Life Guy’s Wine of the Week:
2013 William Cole Carménère – Columbine Reserve, Colchagua Valley Chile
This reserve Carmenere is cherry red with bright, deep violet tints. The nose offers aromas of white pepper, dill, nutmeg and red fruits such as blackberries, mixed with soft notes of vanilla from French oak aging. The palate provides silky round tannins and buttery notes, which enhance the fruit. The acidity is balance in this full-bodied making it a good candidate for cellaring and beef stews or Chilean food like empanadas and pastel de choclo. Recommended serving temperature between 16-18°C.
Pickup a bottle at Jacob Liquor Exchange on North Rock Road and join us!