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Linda Sherwood

“I love escaping into a good book,” confesses Linda Sherwood, owner of the Sun Valley Wine Company in Ketchum. Last spring, while at her home in Mexico, the bubbly blonde had an unexpected chance to escape after falling out of a hammock and breaking her back (an unfortunate accident, completely unrelated to Margaritas). During her month-long recovery, Sherwood devoured a book a day. “Every time a friend came to visit, I made them bring a suitcase full of books,” she says.

Texas-born Sherwood hasn’t always had time for pleasure reading. As a law student at the University of Texas, she was too consumed with torts and legal briefs. Following graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became a busy attorney specializing in corporate mergers and acquisitions . . . while also becoming a mother of three.

After 25 years as a lawyer, Sherwood decided to leave the rat race behind. In 1992, she and her husband Don relocated to the Wood River Valley with their sons. “We’d looked up and down the West and East coasts for a place to live, and we landed in Ketchum,” she says. “It seemed like a good spot for kids.”

Happy in her decision to break from the law profession but not ready for retirement, Linda opened the Sun Valley Wine Company the following year. “We realized that there wasn’t a store devoted to selling wine,” she says. “Wine was an interest of ours, something we’d always enjoyed, although we’d never been involved in the business before.” Since then, Don has been commuting to L.A. to practice law, and Linda has been overseeing their wine store and bar—and, whenever possible, curling up with a good book.


“As a kid, I always loved to read, especially historical novels. When I went to law school, I quit reading recreationally because there just wasn’t any time. After moving to Sun Valley, I had the luxury of being able to start to read again. I usually go to a bookstore and grab whatever looks intriguing. I really appreciate good writing. The story can be phenomenal, but if the sentences aren’t well written, I get upset.”

Favorite book

“I honestly can’t say that I have one. I like whichever one I’m reading. I loved The Number One Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. One of my all-time favorites is Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. I also loved The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I like everything by Kent Haruf—Plainsong and The Tie that Binds are two of them. And I read all of Ridley Pearson’s books.” >>>


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