Synopses & Reviews
Its Napa versus Sonoma, and the antics are rampant!
When acclaimed Vanity Fair journalist Alan Deutschman came to the California wine country as the lucky house guest of very rich friends, he was surprised to find a civil war being fought between Napa Valley, which epitomized prestige and wealthy excess, and neighboring Sonoma Valley, a ragtag bohemian enclave so stubbornly backward that rambunctious chickens wandered freely through town. In A Tale of Two Valleys, Deutschman wittily captures these stranger-than-fiction locales and uncorks the hilarious absurdities of life among the wine worlds glitterati. The cast of characters brims with eccentrics, egomaniacs, and a mysterious man in black who crashed the elegant Napa Valley Wine Auction before proceeding to pay a half-million dollars for a single bottle. What develops is nothing less than the struggle for the soul of one of Americas last bits of paradise.
A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
"Deutschman serves up the drama glass by glass. Rarely has such an exclusive world and its inhabitants been made so accessible. Publishers Weekly
"[An] ardent and amusing travelogue." The New York Times
"Bottom line: Robust and full-bodied." People
With a cast of characters that brims with eccentrics, egomaniacs and a mysterious man in black, acclaimed "Vanity Fair" journalist Deutschman uncorks the hilarious absurdities of life among the wine world's glitterati. It's Napa versus Sonoma, and the antics are rampant!
About the Author
Author of the business bestseller The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, ALAN DEUTSCHMAN contributes to Vanity Fair and has written for GQ, Fortune, New York, and many others. He lives in San Francisco.