A Sense of Place: An Intimate Portrait of the Niebaum-Coppola Winery and the Napa Valley
By: Steven Kolpan (author)Paperback
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In A Sense of Place, renowned wine expert and writer Steven Kolpan tells the story of how Francis Ford Coppola brought California's most distinguished and historic vineyard back to life. Gustave Niebaum's Inglenook Estate, started in 1879, was one of the Napa Valley's first established vineyards and the birthplace of its premium wine industry. Generations after Niebaum's death, the vineyard was sold to Heublein, the wine and spirits monolith, who broke up the land and changed the Inglenook brand from a premium, connoisseur wine to a mass-market jug wine. In 1975, Francis Coppola bought the Niebaum residence and the surrounding estate. Along with the original estate's reputation, he also brought back some of its original workers, including Rafael Rodriquez, who, in h is late seventies, now serves as the vineyard manager and historian. Coppola overcame naysayers, red tape, and financial turmoil to reestablish the winery as a defender of quality, producing wine under four different labels, including the revered wine Rubicon. In 1995, Coppola purchased the Inglenook Chateau and its adjacent vineyards, fulfilling his dream of reuniting the original Napa Valley estate.
Kolpan's luscious, flavorful narrative is worth enjoying now and keeping for later.
Steven Kolpan, professor of wine studies and gastronomy at The Culinary Institute of America, is the co-author of Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Complete Guide to Wines of the World (which was nominated for Best Wine and Spirits book of 1997 by the James Beard Foundation).
Contents Acknowledgments Foreword: A Sense of Heritage by Francis Ford Coppola Introduction Chapter 1: Rutherford Dust Chapter 2: The Captain of the Ship Chapter 3: The Inheritor Chapter 4: One with the Land Chapter 5: No Winners Chapter 6: The Echo of the Vine Chapter 7: Harvest Time Chapter 8: Stewardship Chapter 9: Consulting with the Captain Chapter 10: Tasting Notes: The Rubicon Vintages from 1978-1995 Bibliography Index
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