The House of Mondavi

The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
Author: Julia Flynn Siler
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101216934
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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An epic, scandal-plagued story of the immigrant family that built—and then spectacularly lost—a global wine empire Set in California’s lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corp.’s twenty-first-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama. The blood feuds are as spectacular as the business triumphs. Cesare’s sons, Robert and Peter, literally came to blows in the 1960s during a dispute touched off by the purchase of a mink coat, resulting in Robert’s exile from the family—and his subsequent founding of a winery that would set off a revolution in American winemaking. Robert’s sons, Michael and Timothy, as passionate in their own ways as their visionary father, waged battle with each other for control of the company before Michael’s expansive ambitions ultimately led to a board coup and the sale of the business to an international conglomerate. A meticulously reported narrative based on thousands of hours of interviews, The House of Mondavi is bound to become a classic.

Food Lit: A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction

A Reader's Guide to Epicurean Nonfiction
Author: Melissa Brackney Stoeger
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610693760
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 350
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An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.

Pacific Pinot Noir

A Comprehensive Winery Guide for Consumers and Connoisseurs
Author: John Winthrop Haeger
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520253175
Category: Cooking
Page: 454
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Praise for North American Pinot Noir: "Every religion needs its scripture. Now pinot noir worshipers have theirs."—Carol Emert, San Francisco Chronicle "A great resource . . . . Exciting, thought-provoking reading."—Tara Q. Thomas, Wine & Spirits magazine

Veuve Clicquot

die Geschichte eines Champagner-Imperiums und der Frau, die es regierte
Author: Tilar J. Mazzeo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783423346740
Page: 319
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The Hills of Chianti

The Story of a Tuscan Winemaking Family, in Seven Bottles
Author: Piero Antinori
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847844676
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 230
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The head of Italy’s "first family" of winemaking reflects on the Antinoris’ six-hundred-year legacy and a life of good food and drink in the hills of Tuscany. If you know wine, you know the name Antinori. Since 1385, this noble Florentine family has produced some of Italy’s finest wines. The Hills of Chianti tells the story of the Antinoris and the Tuscany they call home, through seven iconic bottles that define their legacy. From the Tignanello that ushered in the era of Super Tuscans to limited-edition vintages, these wines embody a way of life and will excite oenophile readers and lovers of Italy alike. In this family memoir Piero Antinori reveals the passion, tradition, and love of craft that have driven twenty-seven generations of vintners: from the first ancestor who signed up to the winemakers guild in the fourteenth century to Antinori’s own three daughters, poised to carry this most celebrated family of artisans into the future. But The Hills of Chianti is about much more than wine. At its heart the Antinori story is about "Tuscan-ness": a connection to the land, an appreciation for good food and drink, and the quintessentially Italian love of hospitality that make this one of the world’s most inspiring and memorable destinations.

Her Best-Kept Secret

Why Women Drink-And How They Can Regain Control
Author: Gabrielle Glaser
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439184402
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
View: 8626

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“Glaser has written an engaging account of women and drink, citing fascinating studies about modern stressors…and evidence that some problem drinkers can learn moderation….Bound to stir controversy” (People). In Her Best-Kept Secret, journalist Gabrielle Glaser uncovers a hidden-in-plain-sight drinking epidemic. Using “investigative rigor and thoughtful analysis” (The Boston Globe), Glaser is the first to document that American women are drinking more often than ever and in ever-larger quantities in this “substantial book, interested in hard facts and nuance rather than hand-wringing” (The New York Times Book Review). She shows that contrary to the impression offered on reality TV, young women alone aren’t driving these statistics—their moms and grandmothers are, too. But Glaser doesn’t wag a finger. Instead, in a funny and tender voice, Glaser looks at the roots of the problem, explores the strange history of women and alcohol in America, drills into the emerging and counterintuitive science about that relationship, and asks: Are women getting the help they need? Is it possible to return from beyond the sipping point and develop a healthy relationship with the bottle? Glaser reveals that, for many women, joining Alcoholics Anonymous is not the answer—it is part of the problem. She shows that as scientists and health professionals learn more about women’s particular reactions to alcohol, they are coming up with new and more effective approaches to excessive drinking. In that sense, Glaser offers modern solutions to a very modern problem.

Lost Kingdom

Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure
Author: Julia Flynn Siler
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802194885
Category: History
Page: 480
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Around 200 A.D., intrepid Polynesians arrived at an undisturbed archipelago. For centuries, their descendants lived with little contact from the western world. In 1778, their isolation was shattered with the arrival of Captain Cook. Deftly weaving together a memorable cast of characters, Lost Hawaii brings to life the ensuing clash between a vulnerable Polynesian people and relentlessly expanding capitalist powers. Portraits of royalty and rogues, sugar barons, and missionaries combine into a sweeping tale of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s rise and fall. At the center of the story is Lili‘uokalani, the last queen of Hawai‘i. Born in 1838, she lived through the nearly complete economic transformation of the islands. Lucrative sugar plantations gradually subsumed the majority of the land, owned almost exclusively by white planters, dubbed the “Sugar Kings.” Hawai‘i became a prize in the contest between America, Britain, and France, each seeking to expand their military and commercial influence in the Pacific. The monarchy had become a figurehead, victim to manipulation from the wealthy sugar plantation owners. Lili‘uokalani was determined to enact a constitution to reinstate the monarchy’s power but was outmaneuvered by the U.S. The annexation of Hawai‘i had begun, ushering in a new century of American imperialism.

Judgment of Paris

Author: George M. Taber
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743297326
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
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Looks at an event held in 1976 in which French judges, during a blind taste-test, chose unknown California wines to be superior to France's best wines. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

The Business of Wine

An Encyclopedia
Author: Geralyn Brostrom,Jack Brostrom
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313354007
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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This encyclopedia is a necessary part of wine education for everyone from the curious consumer to the oenophile or business student and industry professional.

The Culinarian

Official Publication of the Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Cooking
Page: N.A
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Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide 2008

Author: Kevin Zraly
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781402744037
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 246
View: 612

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Covering vineyards from all 50 states, this volume will quench readers' need for information and advice on this booming topic. A map of each state indicates the grape-growing areas and notable labels.