"Night Wine" is an inspiring tale: Amerigo Pugliesi, an Italian boy, leaves home to study winemaking in France. There, a wise old winemaker tells him opportunities exist in California. Eventually, he reaches the Napa Valley where he begins working toward his goal. His story is familiar to generations of immigrants: overcoming bigotry, learning a language, feelings of inferiority. His life spans three wars, Prohibition and the Great Depression. When life's problems weigh heavily, he knows he can always return to his beloved wineyards.
Paul Griffin, retired history/government teacher
From the Publisher
Night Wine does not follow the usual or well-known families in the Valley. It does, however, involve the multi-ethnic origins of the Napa Valley. Though the work is fiction, the development of the protagonist can be traced to Taddeo's father and an uncle, both immigrants who introduced him to the art of winemaking and the myriad characters who ferment, age, consume and sometimes even sell the elixir. Studying the smaller wineries in Santa Ynez and Paso Robles where the vintners were accessible and friendly gave him a good feeling for the early years. Researching the established wineries in Napa and Sonoma showed him how far the industry could go when the product is exceptional.
Night Wine is ultimately a story about the enormous influence diverse minorities have contributed to developing the California wine industry into the highly respected position it holds in the world today.