326 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 in
December 1, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1938467655
ISBN - 13: 9781938467653
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IntroductionAs they reached Andalusia between the Guadalquivir and Guadelete rivers, the soil turned chalk-white, the humidity soared and the mostly treeless landscape undulated gently as far as the eye could see. They were now near the ocean, in wine country, where the Phoenicians had first brought the fruit of the vine nearly a thousand years before. With its gentle dews, hot summer temperatures and alkaline albariza clay capable of holding vast volumes of water, this region was the perfect place to grow grapes. Not just any grapes, but white Palomino grapes, which careful cultivation by the Tartesians turned into the first wine. By 35 A.D., when Tiberius ventured into Andalusia, the Romans had a full-fledged commercial wine-making venture under way, nicely complemented by the production of olive oil and sheep’s wool.It was mid-September, the grapes hanging plump and heavy on the vine. Slaves toiled between the rows, carefully clipping clusters of the fruit and gently setting them in baskets, then hauling the baskets to winepresses where more slaves, five or six at a time, barefoot and grasping hanging ropes to keep their balance, stomped on the grapes to extract their juice. The juice collected in vats, then drained into casks where it would ferment, its sugars transformed into alcohol that would preserve the wine for decades to come.Though not as strong as it was in August, the sun was still scorching, enough to dehydrate a man in a few short hours.“It’s jobs like this th
From the Publisher
Can wine really make you live forever? Yes, if the grapes are an ancient varietal---or so the members of the Vintage Club believe. Made up of some of the world’s wealthiest industrial magnates, the club conducts secret scientific research to discover what has eluded humans throughout history: the elixir of life.
Their quest hits a snag when scientist Walter Trudell is murdered. The prime murder suspect is his godson Reggie Alexander, a patent attorney whom Trudell once saved from a life of poverty in northeast Washington, D.C. As soon as news of the murder spreads, Reggie goes into hiding---soon after his wife and son disappear.
After being chased by mysterious assailants, beaten unconscious, and planted with a bug, Reggie must come to grips with his own private demons while figuring out how to save his family.The Vintage Clubis a thriller that both explores the ancient Christian symbolism of wine and imagines ways that modern nanotechnology could be used to discover the fountain of youth.
About the Author
Darin Gibby is the author ofWhy Has America Stopped Inventing? He is also an internationally renowned patent attorney and has been featured in a wide variety of publications as well as TV and radio shows, includingThe Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Leonard Lopate show, Yahoo! Finance and To The Best of Our Knowledge.