A Sense of Place: An Intimate Portrait of the Niebaum-Coppola Winery and the Napa Valley

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Routledge, Aug 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 234 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Rutherford Dust
3
Chapter 2 The Captain of the Ship
17
Chapter 3 The Inheritor
49
Chapter 4 One with the Land
67
Chapter 5 No Winners
97
Chapter 6 The Echo of the Vine
115
Chapter 7 Harvest Time
141
Chapter 8 Stewardship
157
Chapter 9 Consulting with the Captain
173
The Rubicon Vintages from 19781995
197
Bibliography
217
Index
223
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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).

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