This book is required reading for sommeliers as it explores the terroir in a way I haven’t seen before, and it’s a solid read for non-oenophiles who will enjoy learning about the land from museum-quality commissioned plates by local cartographer Sarah L. MacDonald.... For me, Napa Valley represents a cast of colorful characters who appreciate the natural beauty of the hills. It represents a tight-knit community of people working and living in tandem with, and in celebration of, the land. I am proud to be a member of that community, just as Richard has been for so many years.

Chef/Proprietor of The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Per Se

With an experience in the vineyards of Burgundy, Richard Mendelson has written a fascinating account of the recent history of Napa Valley whose heroes will, one day, be considered the founding fathers of this appellation. As a Bordeaux producer who regrets having so little information on the 1855 Médoc Classification or even the 1954 Saint-Emilion one, I envy the future Napa growers who will know precisely how their fate was decided. May this book inspire the historians of the wine world!

Owner of Dominus Estate in the Napa Valley
and several renowned chateaux in Bordeaux

In the wine world, everyone wants to be like Napa.

Owner of Quintessa Estate in the Napa Valley and
Veramonte premium wines in Casablanca Valley, Chile