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Frances Dinkelspiel in conversation with Leslie Berlin
Kepler's Books
Menlo Park, CA
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Frances Dinkelspiel in conversation with Leslie Berlin
Presented by Peninsula Arts & Letters and Kepler's Books

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California

Join us for an evening of true crime, history, and wine with Frances Dinkelspiel's new book, Tangled Vines.

Ten years ago this October, the largest wine arson in the world occurred: at least 4.5 million bottles of wine worth more than $250 million dollars went up in flames in a Navy bunker turned wine cellar outside of San Francisco. Among the bottles lost was some of Napa Valley's best, as well as some of California's rarest and oldest wine.

Mark Anderson, a wine connoisseur, collector and seller, was convicted of the crime, caught after years of defrauding the wine collectors he had cultivated deep relationships with. He stole and sold their wine from the cellar he was charged with looking after, and to cover his tracks and destroy evidence, set the bunker ablaze.

But Anderson was not the first to try to destroy the California wine industry through greed and manipulation. InTangled Vines, Frances Dinkelspiel goes back in time to uncover the California wine industry's dark and bloody past. From murder to enslavement to controlling monopolies, California's "elixir of the gods" has had many unsavory moments in its history.

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist and the author of Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California. Towers of Gold was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and named a Best Book of the Year by the Chronicle and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. She is the co-founder of the news site Berkeleyside and her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People, San Francisco Magazine, and more.

Leslie Berlin is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford and the author of The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley.  She has written a regular monthly column on innovation for the Sunday Business section of the New York Times and is now working on a book about Silicon Valley in the 1970s.

The event is free - please register today.


Kepler's Books (View)
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States


Arts > Literary

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