Chapter 5

Chapter 5

The vintner uses everything. When Jack said I’d arrived in the middle of the crush, I expected to find Don standing over a vat of crushed grapes, up to his elbows in grape juice. I knew that the days of women stomping on grapes barefoot was a practice relegated to...
Chapter 4

Chapter 4

It’s the combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives wine grapes their distinctive character. I grabbed a notebook and pen and headed down the patio steps right into a row of vines. Ten steps in and we were transported from the territory of...
Chapter 3

Chapter 3

You are instantly transported into an older world as you enter the wine country. There couldn’t be a more beautiful day to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. I waited until rush hour traffic had subsided and breezed across under a cloudless, fogless sky.  I had...
Chapter 2

Chapter 2

A dry Reisling is the perfect partner for a spicy meal. The restaurant didn’t carry any Noble wines in their inventory. I was making a mental list of who to fire for booking this lunch location when Jack Noble arrived with his father. I closed the wine menu abruptly...
Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Plucked too soon, a grape lacking in maturity will compromise the quality of the wine. “Nora, wake up!” the voice was familiar, but disorienting, and disturbing my dream that Thor, the God of Thunder in The Avengers, had come to rescue me from a burning building and...