A Tale of Two Valleys

A Tale of Two Valleys : Wine, Wealth and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma

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It's 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 world's 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 America's last bits of paradise. A "San Francisco Chronicle" bestsellershow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 131.6 x 203.7 x 13.7mm | 176.9g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0767907043
  • 9780767907040
  • 2,211,594

Review quote

" ""[An] ardent and amusing travelogue . . . nouveau-riche excesses that would have delighted Tom Wolfe in his salad days." --Janet Maslin, "New York Times" "Bottom line: Robust and full-bodied." --"People"show more

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It's 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 world's 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 America's last bits of paradise. A "San Francisco Chronicle bestsellershow more

About Alan Deutschman

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.show more

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