Deirdre Heekin

la garagista farm + winery

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Deirdre Heekin is a winegrower, farmer, writer, photographer, restaurateur and sommelier. She was co-proprietor along with her chef husband Caleb Barber of osteria pane e salute for the twenty years it ran in Woodstock, Vermont. She and Caleb own la garagista farm + winery, their small hillside farm and vineyards in Vermont where they farm with organic and biodynamic practices, making wines and ciders that have been featured in such publications as Eric Asimov’s The Pour in The New York Times, Food and Wine, The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine and Spirits, Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Esquire, and Punch. In 2014, her book An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir was hailed as one of the top five wine books of that year in The New York Times. In 2015, one of their wines was included in the "Top Ten Wines of the Year" also in The New York Times. In 2016, Deirdre was cited as one of the top five rule-breakers in wine to watch by Food and Wine, and the soft cover edition of An Unlikely Vineyard was chosen by Forbes Magazine as one of the top eight cocktail, wine and food books of the year to consider.