Prohibition in the Napa Valley: Castles Under Siege

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To a region flush with the success of alcohol, Prohibition was a sobering thought. Against the backdrop of national events, author Lin Weber introduces a cast of Napa Valley’s leading citizens, embroiled in a fight for their livelihood with temperance champions and federal agents. Theodore Bell filed a Hail Mary suit to stop California’s ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment. Vintner Georges de Latour made money hand over fist on altar wine. The Nichelini winery hid a cache of contraband under the floorboards,...
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Overview

To a region flush with the success of alcohol, Prohibition was a sobering thought. Against the backdrop of national events, author Lin Weber introduces a cast of Napa Valley’s leading citizens, embroiled in a fight for their livelihood with temperance champions and federal agents. Theodore Bell filed a Hail Mary suit to stop California’s ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment. Vintner Georges de Latour made money hand over fist on altar wine. The Nichelini winery hid a cache of contraband under the floorboards, and the Blaufuss Brewery avoided prosecution when the law turned a blind eye. Join Weber as she relates a wry tale of cherished vines, widespread corruption and alcohol-inspired mayhem during a time when “morality” tightened the noose around Napa’s prized alcohol industry.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781626190894
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Series: American Palate
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,395,027
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Lin Weber is the author of seven Napa Valley histories. She is a lifetime member of the Napa Valley Wine Library Association and the Jewish Historical Society of the Napa Valley. Weber is also a former trustee of the Napa Valley Museum and a recipient of Napa Landmarks’ Award of Merit. She has lived in the Napa Valley since 1971.
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