Dark History of California's Wine Industry Exposed in 'Tangled Vines'

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 (Nathan Phillips)

A decade ago, 4.5 million bottles of wine, valued at a quarter of a million dollars, went up in flames at a Vallejo warehouse. The fire was the desperate act of a respected wine collector trying to erase all traces of his years defrauding the wine lovers who trusted him. Among the destroyed collection were 175 bottles of a rare 19th century wine made by the ancestors of journalist Frances Dinkelspiel. In her new book "Tangled Vines," Dinkelspiel exposes the dark history of California's wine industry from arson to enslavement and even murder.


Frances Dinkelspiel, co-founder, Berkeleyside.com; author of "Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California"