|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2019|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
Not so long ago, wine was an exclusively European product; now it is thoroughly American, thanks to Napa Valley, an area idealized as the epicenter of great wines and foods. But instead of the romanticized accounts, James Conaway exposes the often shadowy side of the latter days of Napa Valley—marked by complex personal relationships and sometimes desperate struggles to prevail in a perennially lucrative business. Family businesses have given way to multinational corporations and their allies, Conaway points out, propelled by a relentless drive for profits at the expense of land, water, and even life.
"This is a stunning and sad look at how an idyllic community became a victim of its own success.... Fascinating and well-researched."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)