Authors Nick Wise and editor Linda Sunshine travel the US and Europe to profile and photograph world-famous vineyards, their famous owners, and their famous wines.
From the hills of Napa to the mountain slopes of Tuscany, author Nick Wise went in search of great wine and famous people who are also winemakers. His astonishing trip, the wines he tasted and the incredible people he met are recounted in loving and often humorous detail in this fully illustrated and eminently readable new book. After spending more than twenty years in the wine trade, specializing in the champagnes of France, Wise decided he wanted to meet people who had fulfilled one of his lifelong fantasies: to own a vineyard and produce wines. In the past few years, helming a winery has becoming more and more popular among the rich and famous. People from the worlds of music, sports and entertainment were slapping their names on wine bottles and declaring themselves vintners. But how much involvement in the actual process of winemaking did these people actually have? What was it like to get into winemaking after having a successful career in another field? Were these people merely endorsements or were they part of the incredibly difficult process of creating great wine from a field of grapes?
To find out, Nick Wise journeyed to Central and Northern California to interview such winemakers. And in the hills of Tuscany, he tasted the wines of racecar driver Jarno Trulli, adult film star Natalie Oliveros (known professionally as Savanna Samson), and world-renowned composer Ludovico Einaudi. Wise's last visit was to the hills of Spain where he toured Anta Banderas, the winery of Antonio Banderas. Finally, he includes a chapter on America's very first vintner, Thomas Jefferson, whose Monticello estate is still producing wine from the grapes that the Third President of America planted more than 200 years ago.
The story of Nick's journey through wine country is filled with adventure, new discoveries, amazing people and, most important, brilliant wines (and some that are not so brilliant.) Written for fans of wine, travel, and the rich and famous, Celebrity Vineyards is a fascinating journey into a world that, for most of us, is only a dream. But what an amazing dream it is!