The Resource Tangled vines : greed, murder, obsession, and an arsonist in the vineyards of California, Frances Dinkelspiel

Tangled vines : greed, murder, obsession, and an arsonist in the vineyards of California, Frances Dinkelspiel

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Tangled vines : greed, murder, obsession, and an arsonist in the vineyards of California
Title
Tangled vines
Title remainder
greed, murder, obsession, and an arsonist in the vineyards of California
Statement of responsibility
Frances Dinkelspiel
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. With a propane torch and a bucket of gasoline-soaked rags, Anderson annihilated entire California vineyard libraries as well as bottles of some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Among the priceless bottles destroyed were 175 bottles of Port and Angelica from one of the oldest vineyards in California made by Frances Dinkelspiel's great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, in 1875. Sadly, Mark Anderson was not the first to harm the industry. The history of the California wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, strangling monopolies, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder. Five of the wine trade murders were associated with Isaias Hellman's vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga beginning with the killing of John Rains who owned the land at the time. He was shot several times, dragged from a wagon and left off the main road for the coyotes to feed on. In her new book, Frances Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. Few people sipping a fine California Cabernet can even guess at the Tangled Vines where its life began"--
  • "On October 12, 2005, a fire broke out in a massive old Navy bunker in Vallejo, California that had been converted into a wine warehouse known as Wines Central. Within hours, flames and heat had ravaged the concrete building, destroying more than four and a half million bottles of wine worth $250 million dollars. It was the costliest destruction of wine in history. That fire was deliberately set by a man named Mark Anderson who was at the end of his economic rope and, after being convicted of arson, is now doing prison time. The history of the wine trade in California is rife with stories of violence, greed, obsession, murder and destruction. Frances Dinkelspiel's Tangled Vines rips the sunny label off the laid-back California wine trade to show the violence present in every glass of Cabernet. Set against the backdrop of the bucolic Napa Valley and points south, Tangled Vines explores the history of California world of wine and how passion for the liquid some have called "the elixir of the gods" has driven people to extremes throughout its history. From the nineteenth century murder of Rancho Cucomonga's John Rains to the California Wine Association monopoly of Percy Morgan that drove down prices in a nationwide "wine war" to the fire in the Wines Central warehouse, Dinkelspiel tells a story of greed and obsession that few people travelling up and down Napa's Route 29 or the Silverado Trail can even guess at"--
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Dinkelspiel, Frances
Dewey number
338.4/76632009794
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9377.C2
LC item number
D56 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wine industry
  • Wine and wine making
  • Crime
Label
Tangled vines : greed, murder, obsession, and an arsonist in the vineyards of California, Frances Dinkelspiel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Destruction. The mystery of wine ; All is lost ; The wrecked remains ; A soggy, charred mess ; Joe Sausalito -- Invention. The beginning of Rancho Cucamonga ; Wine fever ; Blood on the land -- Fabrication. Sausalito cellars ; For the love of wine ; Wine fraud -- Expansion. The struggle for recognition ; The era of the great San Francisco wine houses ; The wine war ; Earthquake and fire -- Deception. Theft and deception ; Dismay ; The trap is set ; Delay -- Redemption. Legacy -- Epilogue -- Appendix: history of the ownership of Cucamonga vineyard
Control code
ocn919068224
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 302 pages
Isbn
9781250033222
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015018648
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, mapes
System control number
(OCoLC)919068224
Label
Tangled vines : greed, murder, obsession, and an arsonist in the vineyards of California, Frances Dinkelspiel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Destruction. The mystery of wine ; All is lost ; The wrecked remains ; A soggy, charred mess ; Joe Sausalito -- Invention. The beginning of Rancho Cucamonga ; Wine fever ; Blood on the land -- Fabrication. Sausalito cellars ; For the love of wine ; Wine fraud -- Expansion. The struggle for recognition ; The era of the great San Francisco wine houses ; The wine war ; Earthquake and fire -- Deception. Theft and deception ; Dismay ; The trap is set ; Delay -- Redemption. Legacy -- Epilogue -- Appendix: history of the ownership of Cucamonga vineyard
Control code
ocn919068224
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 302 pages
Isbn
9781250033222
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015018648
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, mapes
System control number
(OCoLC)919068224

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