You've been warned: That two-buck chuck from Trader Joe's you've got lying around? It's probably going out the window, after you read the delightful Shadows In the Vineyard. You'll develop a craving for the best wine, more specifically, a Burgundy from Romanée-Conti, the most exclusive vineyard in the world. "Bottle for bottle, vintage for vintage, Romanee-Conti is the most coveted, rarest, and thereby the most expensive wine on the planet," writes Maximillian Potter in this real-life whodunit, "At auction, a single bottle of Romanée-Conti from 1945 was then fetching as much as $124,000."
The "then" in the above quote was late 2009. But the following year did not get off to a good start for Le Grand Monsieur, Aubert de Villaine, the chief vigneron, and de facto head honcho of the Romanée-Conti. In January that year, a saboteur drilled prized vines in the vineyard and ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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