Conaway, James, author.
xxvi, 308 pages ; map ; 24 cm
I. This earth is theirs: Master and slave ; White elephants ; The legacy thing — II. Carrying the defect: Interlude: The velvet rope ; American first-growth ; Hands across the sea ; Orwell’s plow — III. Village and vine: Interlude: Uber ; Bubbly ; Our town ; Alive on arrival — IV. On Howell Mountain: Interlude: The sanctity of stuff ; Waiting for fire ; Wildlake ; The death of shame — V. Capell Creek: Interlude: Arise ; The riddled rabbit ; The grandmother tree ; Enocracy — VI. Water into wine: Interlude: The drip ; The Rutheford Dust Society ; Fifty feet from forever ; Chinatown — VII. Life in the Anthropocene: Interlude: The plea ; Voices ; 2050 ; Jefferson’s ghost ; Wildlake revisited.
Exposes the often shadowy side of the winemaking industry in Napa Valley, where multinational corporations have subsumed old family vineyards and abandoned the agricultural traditions of the region.