Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

by Maximillian Potter


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

In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée 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 trial. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455516100
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Maximillian Potter, an award-winning journalist, is the senior media adviser for the governor of Colorado. He was the executive editor of 5280: Denver's Magazine, and previously a staff writer at Premiere, Philadelphia, and GQ. He has been a contributing editor to Men's Health/Best Life and Details, and contributes to Vanity Fair. Potter is a native of Philadelphia, with a BA from Allegheny College and an MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School. He lives in Denver with his wife and two sons.

Table of Contents

1 The Grand Monsieur 1

2 Unthinkable 22

3 Conti 35

4 Edmond's Hope 50

5 A Sick Joke 69

6 Not a Joke 90

7 Devastator of Vines 103

8 Born Again 114

9 The Obvious Question(s) 129

10 Almaden 140

11 Leads 167

12 Loss 184

13 Drop-off 197

14 Secret Expeditions 203

15 Quelle Pagaille 226

16 Le Maître Chanteur 237

17 A Taste 259

Acknowledgments 275

Index 281

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Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ArtMirto More than 1 year ago
It's not often you come across books that read as compelling, fictional accounts cast in the world of wine. Rarer still that such an account could be non-fiction and based, very accurately, on actual events. This is why this book is such a delight to read. Yes, Potter steeps us in the intoxicating atmosphere that is Burgundy, with the glowing tenor and timbre of anyone that has had the privilege to travel and spend some time there. But the real hook for me, as a wine lover and someone in the industry, was the realization that this whole story actually took place, building over centuries and culminating in the act of terroirism just a couple of years ago. The novel reads as much a biographical account of Aubert de Villaine as it does a crime plot, which only endears itself to the reader. The language, whilst never technical, is technically accurate, and an immense educational exercise whether you're a novice or an expert. A wonderful book to read and just as others have already mentioned, a great gift for just about anyone, but especially those tuned in to wine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The crime was 15% of the book the rest was wine history. The book had no flow either.
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