Shadows in the Vineyard

Shadows in the Vineyard

The True Story of A Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

Book - 2014
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"When Maximilian Potter went to Burgundy to report for Vanity Fair on a crime that could have destroyed the Domaine de la Romanée Conti-the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world-he soon found a story that was much larger, and more thrilling, than he had originally imagined. In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the DRC, 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; the crime was committed and shocked this fabled region of France. The sinister story that Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by top Paris detectives, the primary suspect's suicide, and a dramatic trial. This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine. Like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, SHADOW 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 run through it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455516100
Characteristics: 289 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Dec 10, 2017

The promise, according to the subtitle "The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine," is really just the thread that holds the book together while the author digresses into diverse stories related to wine. Some of the digressions, for example a fairly detailed history of Madame de Pompadour, wander rather off topic. Nonetheless, they are all interesting. All in all, a good read despite the need for a tighter editing.

Jan 01, 2016

I couldn't disagree more with the two reviewers below. This is an excellent book that will appeal to both oenophiles and fans of the true crime genre. And unlike a lot of other books that deal with wine, writing in a narrative nonfiction style is a much better way to learn about the Burgundy region and wine in general. As opposed to memorizing a bunch of random facts from a Wine for Dummies, you'll absorb much more by reading Potter's book, who is not a wine snob and has no dog in this fight. The story about the shocking crime and why attacking DRC is the equivalent of attacking French culture as a whole will show you how important wine is to France's collective heritage. If you enjoyed Devil in the White City or The Billionaire's Vinegar, you'll definitely like Shadows in the Vineyard.

Jul 23, 2015

Average story that could have been told in a two or three page magazine story.

hgeng63 Aug 12, 2014

Dull & boring treatment of a romantic, earthy subject.


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