Thursday, June 15, 2023

Blood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the Dead by Adam S. McHugh -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



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This is the story of how wine brought me back from the dead.
— from Chapter One, "Wine Happens," in Blood from a Stone: A Memoir of How Wine Brought Me Back from the Dead by Adam McHugh.

Blood from a Stone is Adam McHugh's memoir of his journey from a career as a hospice chaplain and grief counselor to the discovery of a new life in wine among the grapevines of the Santa Ynez Valley of California. It came out last fall from InterVarsity Press


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From Blood from a Stone:

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the church became the steward of Europe's grapevines, and the monks were the ones who tended them. Vineyards and the wine squeezed out of their fruit were a major economic engine for monasteries, as well as what filled the sacramental cup.

"This is the corkscrewing tale of how I got to Santa Ynez, eventually, and the questions that came up along the way," he continues. "You and I are going to take a long wine tour together on our way there, and we will make plenty of stops for a glass and some local wine history. As you will see, I reached into the old, old story of wine in order to find my new story, which begins, as so many wine love stories do, in the French countryside."

With warmth and wit, Adam tells the story of what happens when things fall apart and when where you live no longer feels like home. From the south of France to Champagne to the California central coast, the trail winds toward new life and healing through the good gifts of wine, friendship, and a sense of place. Pour a glass and join the adventure.


  1. All of the quotes are good, but I like the first one in particular. Have a great weekend!

  2. Great excerpts, especially the first line.

  3. I can definitely do with a wine tour! Sounds like an intriguing read for sure.

    Happy weekend!

    Elza Reads

  4. That first quote is an attention-getter! I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I do like a good memoir. Happy Friday!

  5. That is a really great opening sentence. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  6. Wine can bring anyone back from the dead, that's why it's called Jesus Juice. ;-) Happy weekend!

  7. I'd like to know more about wines/ Maybe I should take a class. Wouldn't hurt, right?


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