In search of prestige as well as profits, a rapacious American conglomerate sends one of its rising stars, a 34 year old corporate raider, to Bordeaux to find, buy and run a "suitable" chateau. It doesn't matter which one, as long as it's famous, and it doesn't matter who he drives out or hurts. But he comes up against traditions he doesn't understand, is thwarted by the weather, by a major wine fraud, and by the chateau owner's strong willed daughter.
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The best thing when writing about wine is that you get invited into the houses, and some of the Bordeaux chateaus are quite magnificent. Margaux with its alley of trees. Lafite with its elegant museum. LaGaffeliere with its old, old paintings. Yquem with its turrets. One year we lived for a week in the Chateau Haut Brion. These people are professional hosts, the dinners are sumptuous, and the wines sometimes extremely rare. At Chateau Angludet Peter Sichel once served us an 1876 Lafite. It is very hard, if you spend time in Bordeaux, not to fall in love with the city, with the vineyards, and with the wine.About the Author:
New York born Robert Daley is the author of 28 books, 17 of them novels. After college and military service he worked six seasons as publicity man for the New York Football Giants, an experience he put to use in the novel Only A Game. There followed six years as a New York Times foreign correspondent. He covered stories in more than a dozen countries but was based in France, and he spent a great deal of time in the Bordeaux wine country, particularly during each year's harvest. Later he resigned from the paper to write books, and later still he accepted appointment as a New York Deputy Police Commissioner, which gave him the closeup look at New York and its police department that he was able to use in a number of the fiction and non-fiction works that followed. He and his French born wife have three daughters and have homes in Connecticut and in Nice. France
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061218758
Book Description Harpercollins, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0061218758
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