Richard Wagamese. The Orenda. The Good Cop. No one in all of Burgundy—really, no one in all the world—had ever contemplated that anyone would conceive, let alone execute, such an act, such a sacrilege. Twelve; pages. The attack was wicked and required enormous dedication—carefully drilling holes in over precious vines and threatening to inject them all unless an exorbitant ransom is paid. Aubert de Villaine, the proprietor of the Conti Vineyard got an anonymous note saying his vines would be poisoned.
Maximillian Potter, an award-winning journalist, is the senior media adviser for the governor of Colorado. He was the executive editor of Denver's Magazine , and previously a staff writer at Premiere , Philadelphia , and GQ. He lives in Denver with his wife and two sons.
Average customer rating 5 1 comments. This is a great book to read this time of year. An captivating story of complexity of the Burgundy region; its history, its grapes and its cultural impact not only in France but in the U. This is a book to sit down with your favorite glass of wine and immerse yourself in history and the linkages that have created some amazing products.
Perfect for that evening after a hard day or time to yourself on the weekend. If you are grower of grapes, a collector of wines or a historian of French wines and enjoy a good read, this book is for you. COM Terms Cedar Hills. Was this comment helpful? So, when a nefarious plot that threatens the destruction of two of the legendary grand cru vineyards in the world occurs, it is certainly a newsworthy event.
Actually, instead of using the phrase "tells the story" in the preceding sentence, it would be more accurate to say that the author re-tells that story in this book. In fact, Potter originally chronicled this same tale in a Vanity Fair article titled "The Assassin in the Vineyard". Thus, what this book represents is a repackaged version of that article with a considerable amount of embellishment to back-fill the historical and social context for both the crime as well as those most affected by it.
Since I had not read the initial magazine piece-in fact, I had not even heard of the attack on DRC's vines-this degree of repetition was not a deterrent to my enjoyment of this book. What was a distraction, however, was the overbearing and often disjoint way in which the author used this supplementary material to bulk up an otherwise slim account. The crime itself was rather straightforward: A disturbed man conceives of a plan to hold two revered vineyards hostage for 1.
Over several months, he and his son covertly drill holes in hundreds of vines to create the threat that they have been poisoned and will die unless the ransom is paid. Once the ransom notes are delivered, though, the case is quickly solved and the vines suffer no permanent harm. Recounting these facts takes no more than roughly one-quarter of the page book, meaning that Potter spends most of his time developing myriad side-stories, including an overly fawning biography of Aubert de Villaine DRC's proprietor and his extended family, the political intrigue surrounding Prince de Conti and Madame Pompadour in Louis XV's court, an aborted English invasion of France during the midth century, the history of the terroir concept and the climat classification system in Burgundy, profiles of the police detectives who solved the case, the wine distribution system in the United States, and so on.
To be sure, some of these departures are interesting and they all appear to be carefully researched and reported. On the other hand, almost none of them are essential or even particularly relevant to the main purpose of the book; for example, the reader does not really need to know that Monsieur de Villaine does not like baseball and had a meaningless blind date while visiting America in the s. Unfortunately, the cumulative effect of these many tangents was to create the impression that the author just did what it took to turn an article he had already written into a full-length book. So, while I am not really sorry that I read the book, I suspect I would have been just as happy if I had just read the original magazine report instead.
I had great hopes for Shadows in the Vineyard. The announced plot theme sounded interesting and in a setting I know very little about.
This was an expansion of a magazine article and I think would have been better unexpanded. The additional material does tell us a lot about the history and culture of French winemaking, but most of it does not add to the actual story and never is tied together in a meaningful way.
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