NAPA AT LAST LIGHT reveals how the beautiful, isolated Napa Valley wine region of California exploded into an extraordinary outsized version of the American dream and whose vineyards sparked an unbelievable power struggle between old family stewardship and multinational corporations. NAPA AT LAST LIGHT is the third in James Conaway’s critically acclaimed Napa trilogy, and contains prescient warnings of the destruction done to the land as a result of the rapid growth of the wine industry, giving a grim timeliness to this book’s publication.
“For decades, James Conaway has kept a keen eye on this unusually fecund—and fraught—piece of ground, and has meticulously charted its long, sad decline toward some sort of thematic caricature of itself, a Disney World of the Grape. In this fine book, we see how that decline happened. It’s all here: The titanic egos, the real estate wrangling, the corporate high jinks that, little by little, brought this sun-kissed paradise firmly under the spell of Mammon.” —Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and In the Kingdom of Ice.
“This is a stunning and sad look at how an idyllic community became a victim of its own success… fascinating and well-researched.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Characters lifted from soap operas, environmental degradation born of hubris, and out-of- balance wines that smack of masstige: James Conway has written a gossipy allegory for our profit-drunk times.” —John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
“In the third volume of his trilogy about Napa, California, Conaway (Nose, 2013, etc.) continues his investigation of the consequences of the wine industry on the region's culture and environment... A strong plea for responsible stewardship of the land.” —Kirkus Reviews
“As a timely cautionary tale, revealing what may soon happen to our nation and world, this will interest readers nationally.”—Booklist
A New York Times bestselling author reveals how the beautiful, isolated Napa Valley wine region of California exploded into an extraordinary outsized version of the American dream and whose vineyards sparked an unbelievable power struggle between old family stewardship and multinational corporations.
Not so long ago, wine was an exclusively European product.