Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SHADOWS IN THE VINEYARD by Maximillian Potter

There are wine snobs, and then there are rare growers who have become legends—men and women who love the land, know the seasons, understand nature, appreciate their employees, and pray to a God other than money. Such was Aubert de Villaine, the proprietor of what was the most revered plot of grapes in the world…a man who fell victim to possible ruination after a million Euro ransom threatened his vineyard with poison. Journalist Maximillian Potter expands his Vanity Fair article about the 2010 debacle into a full book titled SHADOWS IN THE VINEYARD, which tells the entire story of grape growing in Burgundy, and uncovers the plot against La RomanĂ©e-Conti, home to one of the finest wines in the world. Explored here are not just this crime and its investigation, but the politics of wine in France, the effect of French wine on the world, (and California wine on France.) The audiobook version, as rendered by Donald Corren, is like a poetic and aged red wine, steeped in exquisite undertones, savored by the ear due to its mystery and intrigue. Subtitle: “The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine.”

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