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Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    A hippy history of how Sonoma avoided becoming Napa

    A fairly interesting tale of Sonoma and Napa valleys with an emphasis on how snooty Napa was and how the hippy folks in Sonoma avoided becoming just like them. A little too partisan to be really enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2005

    Better than expected and surprisingly familiar

    Two things struck me about the book. First, the eccentric characters were not unlike those that one runs into routinely in a venue I'm more familiar with--small town deep south. Though flavored of California, of wine country, and of blue-state sensibilities, dress any one of the Sonomans in a blue sports coat and khakis and stick a bourbon-and-coke in his hand and you have yourself an everyday southerner of some stripe. Rich, poor, pretentious, humble, genuine, phony, romantic, hateful, kind, any of these just so long as slightly eccentric-cum-affected. Secondly, I noted a similarity in the characters' efforts to find transcendent meaning by pursuing pastimes with literal religious fervor. Wine, wine making, environmentalism, green space preservation, leisure--all find their place as the god of some Sonoman who otherwise found deity deceased in college and liked it that way, or so he thought. In parallel, take a less than rare southerner and find him worshiping on the gridiron any given Saturday or gleaning metaphysical truth from a blues man in a juke joint and you'll see the reverse image of your friendly Sonoman. I thought the book was well written and, intentionally or no, painted a clear picture of postmodern man's failure to find meaning. No idol satisfies, no passion fulfills, and A Tale of Two Valleys depicts that nicely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    A toast to the Tale of Two Valleys!

    A most enjoyable read!! Makes me want to re-visit wine country-Sonoma and Nappa- and feel like an insider!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    good reading but not accurate

    I know several people within this tale and I find the reality far from what is portrayed. It's hard to believe that the author did not do his homework when writing this book. However, it was well written but the true character it is not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    Needs more depth

    A fast read that introduces you to some intriguing characters. I think it is particularly interesting for someone who is familiar with Napa and Sonoma. It makes you want to take a drive to the CA wine country to check out the locales discussed. I felt that Deutschman fluttered around like a butterfly from one topic to another almost aimlessly at times. I yearned for more depth. I don't think this book lives up to all the hype it got--nevertheless it is a worthy read.

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