Shadows in the Vineyard

Shadows in the Vineyard

The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

By Maximillian Potter

Twelve, Hardcover, 9781455516100, 289pp.

Publication Date: July 29, 2014

Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2014
"Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romanee-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine."
In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanee-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.

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard � and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom. More at

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