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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Deutschman Narrator: Michael Cerveris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phil | 1/14/2014

    " Good accounting of the story behind the story - the small winemakers and their everyday lives in the Napa(and more particularly) Sonoma Valleys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed the book quite a lot. I didn't expect to have that much of a story to tell. The various characters,the locales, and the comparison between the two valleys was enjoyable as well as very informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 12/27/2013

    " A somewhat interesting history on the differences between the Napa and Sonoma valleys. It wouldn't have been as interesting if I hadn't been vacationing in the area for a significant amount of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Todd Lloyd | 12/15/2013

    " I read this book twice, and I happen to live in Sonoma during the time. For me it was a good read because a lot of the characters in my town were familiar to me. It's a great audiobook for driving through the Sonoma and Napa valleys. "

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