About The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets | Author Jan Moran
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About The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets

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When I write about industries, I enjoy taking time for in-depth research with professionals so that I can understand and convey authentic details. And I love to share this backstory and research with readers. In the case of The Winemakers, the wines in the book were inspired by the amazing artistry of wines from Moone-Tsai of Napa, Brunello di Montalcino of Italy, and so many others. (Of course, I had to try a few…)

I also wanted to share more of the backstory and photos with you, too, especially those that I collected along the way as I was writing, and which inspired many of the settings in the novel, from Napa Valley to Montalcino, Italy. As with The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph, I became immersed in the industry in the saga and spent a great deal of time researching wine.

 

About The Winemakers

The WInemakers

Finalizing The Winemakers manuscript

1956: When Caterina Rosetta inherits a cottage in the countryside of Italy from a grandmother she's never known, she discovers a long-buried family secret — a secret so devastating, it threatens the future of everything her mother has worked for. Many years before, her mother's hard-won dreams of staking her family's claim in the vineyards of California came to fruition; but as an old murder comes to light, and Caterina uncovers a tragic secret that may destroy the man she loves, she realizes her happiness will depend on revealing the truth of her mother's buried past. The Winemakers is a sweeping, romantic novel that will hold you in its grasp until the last delicious sip.

“Absolutely adored THE WINEMAKERS.  Beautifully layered and utterly compelling.  Intriguing from start to finish.  A story not to be missed.” – Jane Porter, USA Today and NYT Bestselling author of It’s You and The Good Woman

The Winemakers Research – Wine and History

MaryAnn Tsai (Moone-Tsai Wines) and author Jan Moran

MaryAnn Tsai (Moone-Tsai Wines) and author Jan Moran

I met so many wonderful people along the way. I traveled to Napa Valley and visited with a former classmate from Harvard Business School, MaryAnn Tsai, and her husband, Larry Tsai, who are founding partners of Moone-Tsai Wines. As past president of Luna Vineyards, MaryAnn shared a wealth of knowledge from her tenure there, as well as with Beringer Wine Estates.

MaryAnn and Larry also poured their exclusive Moone-Tsai wines, which set the bar for excellence high, and have graced the tables of heads of state by request. Partner Mike Moone also shared a wealth of Napa Valley history, pieces of which made it into The Winemakers.

Author Jan Moran and Winemaker Mike Grgich

Author Jan Moran and Winemaker Mike Grgich

 

I also had the pleasure of visiting with winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, co-founder of Grgich Hills. I was honored to celebrate his ninetieth birthday at a special vintner’s dinner at the Meritage Resort and Spa. Thank you, Mike, for conveying your amazing, trailblazing accomplishments in the wine business. His 1973 Chardonnay, created for Chateau Montelena, garnered top accolades for white wine at the Paris Judgment. And the chateau inspired the Rosetta chateau in Napa.

In my travels I also raised glasses with Elizabeth Vianna, winemaker and general manager of Chimney Rock Winery; John Caldwell of Caldwell Vineyard; Jim Morris of Hess Collection; Ken Morris and Maryanne Wedner of Grgich Hills; and Tom Fuller of Fuller & Associates Public Relations. The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena also shared the history of early winemaking in the Napa region. To all of these people and more, I'm so indebted.

The Winemakers – Settings & Style

Chateau Montelena Winery

Chateau Montelena Winery

Writers need inspiration, and I was lucky to be able to visit Napa and immerse myself in the setting. My travels to Italy and Paris also influenced my writing, and I hope the settings come to life for readers as they did for me.

Inspired by the Chateau Montelena Winery, the Hess Collection, the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, and other wineries, a vision formed in my mind of the Rosetta family winery.

If you'd like to explore more of my visual inspiration, check out the portfolios on my Pinterest boards, where I keep visual cues when I'm writing. You'll find boards for The Winemakers, fashions of the 1920s and 1950s, vineyards, and other boards where I clipped images for everything from the fashions the characters wore and the cars they drove to the dogs they kept, as well as the vineyards, wines, and cities that were woven into the fabric of the story.

Most of all, I hope you enjoy reading The Winemakers, which you can find at most any retailer, or start here.

Hess Collection, Mount Veeder

Hess Collection, Mount Veeder

 

 

 

 

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