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

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

by Steven Kolpan

Routledge | October 15, 1999 | Hardcover

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InA 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 enjoyingnowand keeping for later.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 7.87 × 9.84 × 1.18 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415920043

ISBN - 13: 9780415920049

Found in: Travel, Wine and Spirits

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

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

by Steven Kolpan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 7.87 × 9.84 × 1.18 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415920043

ISBN - 13: 9780415920049

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: A Sense of Heritage by Francis Ford Coppola
Introduction

Chapter 1: Rutherford Dust
Chapter 2: The Captain of the Ship
Chapter 3: The Inheritor
Chapter 4: One with the Land
Chapter 5: No Winners
Chapter 6: The Echo of the Vine
Chapter 7: Harvest Time
Chapter 8: Stewardship
Chapter 9: Consulting with the Captain
Chapter 10: Tasting Notes: The Rubicon Vintages from 1978-1995
Bibliography
Index

From the Publisher

InA 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 enjoyingnowand keeping for later.

About the Author

Steven Kolpan, professor of wine studies and gastronomy at The Culinary Institute of America, is the co-author ofExploring 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).

From Our Editors

Here's a truly unique way to please wine lovers and movie buffs all in one shot. In A Sense of Place, Steven Kolpan recounts the true story of how film director Francis Ford Coppola revitalized one of the oldest, ailing vineyards in the Napa Valley. A century ago, the Inglenook Estate winery housed many of California's finest wines, but following the death of its founder, fell into the hands of mass-market producers. In the mid-1970s, Coppola bought a portion of the property and by 1995, owned the entire estate, chateau and vineyards. Today, the Niebaum-Coppola Winery is thriving and famous for its Rubicon label.

Editorial Reviews

..."lovingly written....Wine lovers will be captivated by the tale of the Inglenook property and its extraordinary wines and workers." -"Brill''s Content "This book is fun: it conveys a sense of gossip and local intrigue by focusing on persons who make the story...this pleasant read is recommended as entertainment while sipping a glass of fine wine. General readers." -"Choice, April 2000 "A discerning view of the winery...Mr. Kolpan is particularly good on the contributions of the Mexican laborers who quietly perform so much of the work that goes into making Napa Valley wines." -"Wine Talk," "New York Times, December 15, 1999 "If you''ve visited the winery owned by movie director Francis Ford Coppola in Napa Valley lately, or recalled the glory days of its predecessor, the old Inglenook Winery, I''ve got a book for you....First, let me say, that I find most wine biography books rather self-serving and, frankly, downright boring... But Kolpan doesn''t hold anything back, even criticizing some of the wines and letting industry folks speak frankly. And, in this case, that''s the best part." -"Seattle Times, October 6, 1999 "Kolpan, wine professor at the Culinary Institute of America, tells of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Niebaum-Coppola Winery...Kolpan nicely incorporates vivid figures (including Rafael Rodriquez, a Mexican who started at Inglenook as a migrant worker in the 1940s and now serves as the vineyard manager and historian) and explanations of such viticultural c
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