By Maximillian Potter
Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a desirable plot to ruin the vines of los angeles Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's best and costliest wine.
In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed owner of the Domaine de l. a. Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied winery that produces the costliest, beautiful wines on the earth, got an nameless notice threatening the destruction of his worthwhile vines via poison-a crime that during the realm of top-end wine is reminiscent of murder-unless he paid a a million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a ailing shaggy dog story, yet that proved a deadly miscalculation and the crime stunned this fabled area of France. The sinister tale that self-importance reasonable journalist Maximillian Potter exposed may result in a sting operation through a few of France's best detectives, the first suspect's suicide, and a dramatic research. This botanical crime threatened to ruin the fiercely conventional tradition surrounding the world's maximum wine.
SHADOWS within the winery takes us deep right into a attractive global choked with attention-grabbing characters, small-town French politics, an unforgettable narrative, and an area tradition outlined by way of the twinned veins of extra and energy and the deep reverent cognizance to the land that runs via it.
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Amongst this anonymous number was Daniel Defoe, who found fame with Robinson Crusoe, and whose other freelance work at the time supposedly included a biography of Duncan Campbell (no relation), a deaf-mute Scottish soothsayer who told the fortunes of fashionable London but was sometimes accused of being a charlatan. Defoe, in Moll Flanders, makes clear his disdain for the Ordinary: when a minister is treating Moll sympathetically in Newgate, she observes that ‘he told me he did not come as the Ordinary of the place, whose business is to extort confessions from prisoners, for private ends’.
A century earlier, in 1624, a newsbook alerted readers to ‘The crying Murther: Contayning the cruell and most horrible Butcher of Mr Trat’. The newsbook, small in shape and up to 28 pages long, would normally cover just one subject such as a particularly gory murder while the broadsides were more like our idea of a newspaper, complete with sensational headline. Poor Trat, the curate of a Somerset church, had been attacked on the highway by three men and a woman, who killed him, cut him up and then boiled his limbs to disguise their crime.
But while Dawkins was a fictional character, his creator, Charles Dickens, who had worked as a court reporter and had learned shorthand, was more than familiar with the reality of crime in London and would play a crucial role in how it is reported to this day. His good friend George Augustus Sala said that what most tickled Dickens’s fancy was the latest play, ‘the latest exciting trial or police case . . and especially the latest murder’. And he became a good friend of William Harrison Ainsworth, who made his fortune by writing about Dick Turpin and Jack Sheppard.