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Shadows In The Vineyard

Author: Maximillian Potter
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 1455516082
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Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014 Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine. 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.

Tangled Vines

Author: Frances Dinkelspiel
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250033225
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On October 12, 2005, a fire broke out in a massive old Navy bunker in Vallejo, California that had been converted into a wine warehouse known as Wines Central. Within hours, flames and heat had ravaged the concrete building, destroying more than four and a half million bottles of wine worth $250 million dollars. It was the costliest destruction of wine in history. That fire was deliberately set by a man named Mark Anderson who was at the end of his economic rope and, after being convicted of arson, is now doing prison time. The history of the wine trade in California is rife with stories of violence, greed, obsession, murder and destruction. Frances Dinkelspiel's Tangled Vines rips the sunny label off the laid-back California wine trade to show the violence present in every glass of Cabernet. Set against the backdrop of the bucolic Napa Valley and points south, Tangled Vines explores the history of California world of wine and how passion for the liquid some have called "the elixir of the gods" has driven people to extremes throughout its history. From the nineteenth century murder of Rancho Cucomonga's John Rains to the California Wine Association monopoly of Percy Morgan that drove down prices in a nationwide "wine war" to the fire in the Wines Central warehouse, Dinkelspiel tells a story of greed and obsession that few people travelling up and down Napa's Route 29 or the Silverado Trail can even guess at.


Author: Emily Barton
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429982917
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Book Review Favorite Book of the Year Since her girlhood, Prudence Winship has gazed across the tidal straits from her home in Brooklyn to the city of Manhattan and yearned to bridge the distance. Now, established as the owner of the enormously successful gin distillery she inherited from her father, she can begin to realize her dream. Set in eighteenth-century Brooklyn, this is the story of a determined and intelligent woman who is consumed by a vision of a bridge: a gargantuan construction of timber and masonry she devises to cross the East River in a single, magnificent span. With the help of the local surveyor, Benjamin Horsfield, and her sisters—the high-spirited, obstreperous Tem, who works with her in the distillery, and the silent, uncanny Pearl—she fires the imaginations of the people of Brooklyn and New York by promising them a bridge that will meet their most pressing practical needs while being one of the most ambitious public works ever attempted. Prue's own life and the life of the bridge become inextricably bound together as the costs of the bridge, both financial and human, rise beyond her direst expectations. Brookland confirms Emily Barton's reputation as one of the finest writers of her generation, whose work is "blessedly post-ironic, engaging and heartfelt" (Thomas Pynchon).

Towers Of Gold

Author: Frances Dinkelspiel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429959599
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Isaias Hellman, a Jewish immigrant, arrived in California in 1859 with very little money in his pocket and his brother Herman by his side. By the time he died, he had effectively transformed Los Angeles into the modern metropolis we see today. In Frances Dinkelspiel's groundbreaking history, the early days of California are seen through the life of a man who started out as a simple store owner only to become California's premier money-man of the late 19th and early 20th century. Growing up as a young immigrant, Hellman quickly learned the use to which "capital" could be put, founding LA's Farmers and Merchants Bank, that city's first successful bank, and transforming Wells Fargo into one of the West's biggest financial institutions. He invested money with Henry Huntington to build trolley lines, lent Edward Doheney the funds that led him to discover California's huge oil reserves, and assisted Harrison Gary Otis in acquiring full ownership of the Los Angeles Times. Hellman led the building of Los Angeles' first synagogue, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, helped start the University of Southern California and served as Regent of the University of California. His influence, however, was not limited to Los Angeles. He controlled the California wine industry for almost twenty years and, after San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, calmed the financial markets there in order to help that great city rise from the ashes. With all of these accomplishments, Isaias Hellman almost single-handedly brought California into modernity. Ripe with great historical events that filled the early days of California such as the Gold Rush and the San Francisco earthquake, Towers of Gold brings to life the transformation of California from a frontier society whose economy was driven by the barter of hides and exchange of gold dust into a vibrant state with the strongest economy in the nation.

The Road To Burgundy

Author: Ray Walker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1592408788
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"An intoxicating memoir of an American who discovers a passion for French wine, and gambles everything to chase a dream of owning a vineyard in Burgundy Ray Walker had a secure career in finance until a wine-tasting vacation ignited a passion that hecouldn't stifle. Ray neglected his work, spending hours poring over ancient French winemaking texts, learning the techniques and the language, and daydreaming about vineyards. After Ray experienced his first taste of wine from Burgundy, he could wait no longer. He quit his job and went to France to start a winery--with little money, a limited command of French, and virtually no winemaking experience. Fueled by determination and joie de vivre, he immersed himself in the extraordinary history of Burgundy's vineyards and began honing his skills. Ray became a pioneer in his use of ancient techniques in modern times and founded Maison Ilan. In 2009, Ray became the first non-French winemaker to purchase grapes and produce a wine from Le Chambertin, long considered to be one of the most revered and singular vineyards in the world. Along with his struggle to capture his wine's distinct terroir, Ray shares enthralling stories of late-night tastings, flying down the Route National on a vintage Peugeot bicycle with no brakes, and his journey to secure both the trust of his insular Burgundian neighbors and the region's most coveted grapes. Capturing the sunlight, the smell of the damp soil, and the taste of superlative wine, The Road to Burgundy is a glorious celebration of finding one's true path in life, and taking a chance--whatever the odds. "--

The Checkmate Formula

Author: Alan Sellers
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 1478757108
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This extraordinary book presents the powerful results of thirty years of observing and evaluating real-world success patterns of billionaires & visionaries. It unravels the intriguing mystery of how grandmasters in business achieve success, and presents a novel and compelling way to perceive the world of business. After reading it you may never view or approach business quite the same way again. THE CHECKMATE FORMULA answers two questions: what are the essential factors in business that dictate success or failure, and how do serial winners win consistently? Revealing a pragmatic roadmap used by the greatest business minds, it shows how to perceive reality differently through techniques like The Great Awareness, think differently through approaches like The Great Enabler, and act differently using the greatest force multiplier of all -- The Decryption Key. It simplifies & deconstructs business into understandable truths, and reassembles them into practical guidelines for creative thinking and result-generation. You’ll learn how to address major issues like capital raises, strategy and the customer acceptance riddle, and what it really means to understand the big picture -- with a generous dose of examples and insights from the business elite (including colorful analogies to chess and art). It’s an engaging read that will benefit entrepreneurs & executives wanting to “up” their game, and founders wanting to beat the odds.

The Opposite Of Woe

Author: John Hickenlooper
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101981679
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"The governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to business and political success"--

Stoned Again

Author: Mike Sager
ISBN: 9780986267970
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From the brutal days and nights of life inside a crack gang in Los Angeles, to the artistic miseries of young heroin addicts on the ultra-hip lower east side of New York; from the Sonoran desert where Carlos Castaneda made his earliest shamanic discoveries, to the cell at Folsom Prison where the author first encountered the King of Funk, Rick James, to the modest headquarters of the Church of Realized Fantasies, where the Pope of Pot presided over the first highly organized marijuana delivery service, Stoned Again: The High Times and Strange Life of a Drugs Correspondent takes you to places you didn't necessarily want to go on your own. But with Sager as your guide, you can't wait to head to the next destination.

Missing Millie Benson

Author: Julie K. Rubini
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821445413
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Growing up in Ladora, Iowa, Mildred “Millie” Benson had ample time to develop her imagination and sense of adventure. While still a journalism graduate student at the University of Iowa, Millie began writing for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which published the phenomenally popular Hardy Boys series, among others. Soon, Millie was tapped for a new series starring amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, a young, independent woman not unlike Millie herself. Under the pen name Carolyn Keene, Millie wrote the first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, and twenty-two other Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. In all, Millie wrote more than a hundred novels for young people. Millie was also a journalist for the Toledo Times and the Toledo Blade. At sixty-two, she obtained her pilot’s license. Follow the clues throughout Missing Millie to discover the story of this ghostwriter, journalist, and adventurer.

Michael Broadbent S Pocket Guide To Winetasting

Author: Michael Broadbent
ISBN: 9781857327618
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Michael Broadbent, Master of Wine is one of the world's most meticulous and respected tasters of wine. Here he distills his unrivalled expertise, knowledge and boundless enthusiasm into this compact work, opening up the world of experts to the most inexperienced of novices. This classic guide explains how to taste and appreciate wine systematically and professionally, examines why wines look, smell and taste different, describes each grape variety and profiles in depth major regional characteristics. In addition, Broadbent provides a full glossary of tasting terms, recommends vintages and suggests how to organize a tasting. For those who seek to deepen their understanding of wine, this volume is indipensable.