Shadows in the Vineyard - Maximillian Potter
In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine
de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most
expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note
threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison-a crime
that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder-unless he paid a
one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but
that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled
region of France. The sinister story that Vanity Fair journalist
Maximillian Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by some of
France's top detectives, the primary suspect's suicide, and a dramatic
investigation. This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely
traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine.
SHADOWS IN THE VINEYARD takes us deep into a captivating world full of
fascinating characters, small-town French politics, an unforgettable
narrative, and a local culture defined by the twinned veins of excess
and vitality and the deep reverent attention to the land that runs
through it. Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Twelve; 1st edition (July 29, 2014)
MY THOUGHTS: Non-fiction is not one of my favorite genres. I actually have to make myself read them, but once in a while I run across and interesting book. If you are a lover of wine, this is a book you should read. This one is loaded with lots of info on the Romanee-Conti Vineyard. This vineyard produces the most expensive wines in the world. Aubert de Villaine, the proprietor of the Conti Vineyard got an anonymous note saying his vines would be poisoned. Aubert didn't believe it. The story is mostly about Aubert and his life's work at the vineyard, about a quarter of the book is a history lesson on the region, which I didn't like very well. Which is why I'm giving this book 3....
This book is for 3 of my reading challenges.....
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Alphabet Soup Challenge
Good Reads/Wacky Readers Challenge/Strolling Through Non-Fiction