Set in the Napa Valley at the turn of the century, this novel beautifully evokes the characters' love of the land and the rhythms of life lived close to the earth and its seasons. Spirited Alda Pendle is the daughter of a viticulturist who has taught her his craft. When he dies, leaving her without property, her skills make her indispensable to the solitary owner of one of the old vineyards in the valley. The novel provides a vivid history of winemaking in California to the Prohibition era.
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(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
University of California Press
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On September 4th, Alice Tisdale Hobart's The Cup and the Sword (see p. 347) is to be published. Now comes this second book on California's wine industry, a book on a smaller scale, but a nice place of work, presenting with fidelity and sympathy the tradition of the vineyard, the devotion of the vintner to his fields. This is the story of one vineyard. Montino, of how Region had lowered its quality for bigger returns, and of how his son, Hector, is persuaded by Alda, daughter of an old grower, to bring back the finer vines, and how this policy is carried on by Cleve, Alda's adopted son. Montino regains its eminence - and then is outlawed with Prohibition. Thus the story precedes the other in point of time, and is more wholly the story of the nature of an industry that is both a profession and a vocation and a way of life. Jones has caught the essential quality of these people, dedicated to the vineyards. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Idwal Jones
Idwal Jones (1890-1964) was the author of novels as well as non-fiction works, including Vines in the Sun. Robert Mondavi is founder and chairman of the board of Robert Mondavi Winery.