Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine (Hardcover)
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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 Romanee-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine."
In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanee-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.