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Shadows in the Vineyard Audiobook

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-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.
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Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine.

In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-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.

©2014 Maximillian Potter (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Really enjoyed the story along with the history of wine, terroir, & the families. A really good story even if you are not "into" wine.

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    I do not know why zee reader had to adopt a silly Fronch accent. Zee story was eenteresteeng, zo. Not great leeturateur, but passable.

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    A bit trite, strangely unnecessary use of basic french words to express obvious concepts makes the book sound needlessly pretentious.

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    This was an okay listen. The crime and wine history are very interesting, but the details that had nothing to do with those were very boring. I skipped through chapters that didn't apply to the story

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