"A Death in Tuscany takes place amid the glorious Tuscan wine landscape, where the narrator discovers the lifestyle he's been missing." Tasting Panel Magazine
"The book is as much a crimenovel as it is an authoritative travelogue and wine tutorial, an enjoyableread for Tuscany aficionados in particular." Ambassador Magazine
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"How will they fare?" he asked the wind that tickled hisnose and rustled the leaves of grapevines heavy with fruit. "How will the vinesprosper without Nonno Filippo to talk to them?"
The breeze brought the scent of evening flowers, sagebrush,and roasted meat to his nose. Could it be from as far away as Siena, lit now bythe flickering lights of sunset, or from as close as the grill at the outdoorpatio where his grape pickers gathered at this time of year? Or could the scentbe stirred by his memories, a beckoning to his youth, a reminder of what lifewas like before he left this storied land?
The decision. It would become the most important moment ofhis life, but it took a lifetime of moments to reach it. After a childhood inthe wine country of Italy, he had grown up in America, adopted its culture andaccepted its passions, but he never forgot the passions of the Old World. Henever forgot the lessons he learned from his grandfather, his nonno, as theItalians say, whose mastery of wine was itself a mastery of life.
The decision. It didn't involve only him, Phil Trantino, theheir to the family's wine estate; it involved everyone related by blood orsweat to the land that bore this fruit.
The decision. He knew from the beginning what it would be.Shaking his head at this moment, staring out at the vines, he accepted his fate.Then he smiled, because this was what he was born for.