A Tale of Two Valleys
Wine, Wealth, and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and SonomaBook - 2003
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 bestseller