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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 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.
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By Colorado Listener on 10-01-17
Wow. Absolutely loved it!
Wonderful story full of mystery and intrigue. Great insight into how wine is made from grape to fermentation to tasting. It was as if I was there with the author during the picking and harvesting of the grapes. I wondered until the end who was the one poisoning the wine. The additional mix of French history really added to the story. Loved it! Well narrated , easy to hear, understand and great use of French and French accent. Now it's time for me to plan my trip to the DRC!