APPELLATION
NAPA VALLEY

BUILDING AND PROTECTING AN AMERICAN TREASURE

After 30-plus years of helping to guide the Napa Valley to the top of the wine world, helping it earn a place right beside Burgundy, Bordeaux and Tuscany, author and lawyer Richard Mendelson finally brings us the inside story of this singular American achievement. 
It's all here: the conflicts, the characters, the wines, and the special spirit of the valley itself, all told from a vantage point up so close you can smell the soil, the grapes, and the elegance and character of the wines themselves.

Napa Valley, with its agricultural preserve that began in 1968, has a rich historical background, and Richard guides the reader on a journey through it, introducing those dedicated to wine and its provenance, his modern pioneers. Through stories, keen observations and case histories, he imparts his understanding ... not only of the value of locales and regions, but also of how to preserve, protect, and promote them.
— Thomas Keller, Chef/Proprietor, The French Laundry
 

publisher Val de Grace Books, editor Paul Chutkow, book designer Dorothy Smith, book photographers Robert Bruno, 
Kurt Inge-Eklund and Matthew Klein, and website designer L2Napa