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Romance & Wine in the Butler Ranch Series!

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Can Naughton Butler risk letting Bradley Saint John into his heart, or will his brother’s secret ruin his one shot at love?

Naughton Butler is a loner, partially by choice, but also because the secret his dead brother left with him could tear his life apart. When he and his brother Maddox inherit four hundred acres of prime vineyard property, they must decide how to manage Butler Ranch Winery, along with starting a new winery on Demetria Estate.

The solution is to hire the new kick-ass, hotter-than-all-get-out, winemaker who just landed on the Central Coast. When Naughton meets Bradley St. John, he’s expecting a man—and she is anything but. Thinking it’s a joke, he refuses to take her seriously. Bradley leaves, forcing him to follow and apologize. He watches as she makes her way through the vineyards, she was born to them, just like he was.

Getting a job with Butler Ranch Winery right out of college, is more than Bradley could’ve dreamed of. When Maddox Butler interviews her for the position, he warns her that Naughton could be difficult, but once he recognized her abilities, he’d back off. The burning question now was, would she want him to?

Naughton can’t stay away from her, even knowing being with her is impossible.


What is noble about grapes?

Set in California’s Central Coast Wine Country, the Butler Ranch series tells the story of a year in the lives of winemaking brothers and the women they fall in love with. The characters do everything from growing grapes to harvesting, crushing to fermentation, and even tasting. The region these books are set in has their own set of noble grapes, but just what is there about grapes that make them noble?

Noble grapes are also known as International Varieties, which are grape varieties that are widely planted in most of the major wine producing regions, and have widespread appeal. Understanding the fundamentals of the nobles, takes much of the mystery out of trying new wines. If you’re embarking on wine exploration, a good place to start is to try each of the varietals on their own, and then determine which are your favorite. Finding more from there is easy.

The red nobles are Pinot Noir, Grenache, Merlot, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec.

There are white nobles too. Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Moscato, Gewurztraminer, Sémillon, Viognier, and Chardonnay.


About the Author:

Heather SladeMy books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.

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