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Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romance-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine.

In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romance-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.

Travel & Adventure
July 29
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Non-fiction rules ,

Shadows in the vineyard

All things being equal, if I'm going to drink a glass of wine I prefer it to be from Burgundy.the author does a wonderful job of not only explaining why Wines from Burgundy are exceptional but putting it in historical perspective.i highly recommend this book.

Aang-On ,

Shadows in the Vineyard

A superb book and a must read for any lover of wine and or history. Maximillian Potter weaves the events surrounding the strange case that threatened to destroy Romanee Conti and the history of Burgundy masterfully. This is perhaps one of the best books ever written on wine.

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