Book Description

About the Author Napa Valley resident Jordan Coonrad has been taking pictures from the left seat of his Cessna 180 for the last 15 years. From the slopes of Alaska's Mt. McKinley to the flamingo-pink high-rises of Florida's east coast, Coonrad always manages to bring a little of the magic back down to earth for the rest of us to enjoy. If you're a golfer, don't miss his Fairways to Heaven calendar, featuring aerial shots of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. But even though he's traveled the width and breadth of the country, the Napa Valley is still his favorite place to work. Read more Excerpt. ? Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. No one individual has had a more lasting impact on the face of the Napa Valley than a man few visitors to the Valley have every heard of. Yet everyone of them has, undoubtedly, admired his handiwork--from the looming, peach-colored edifice of Trefethen that heralds the entrance to the Valley proper, to the copper-rimmed cupolas of Far Niente, the ivy-clad walls of Niebaum-Coppola, and the great visage of Greystone Cellars, now home to the Culinary Institute of America. The man is Hamden W. McIntyre, a Vermonter who came to the Napa Valley via the fur fields of Alaska, and changed its face forever. McIntyre was brought to the Valley in the 1880s by his former employer, Gustave Niebaum, a most successful fur trader and partner in the Alaska Commercial Company, who was embarking on his grand scheme for an American winery fashioned after the great wine chateaux of Europe?with a product to match. Niebaum had purchased a makeshift winery called Inglenook in the tiny hamlet of Rutherford and, with his seemingly unlimited fortune and the skill and ingenuity of McIntyre, proceeded to make his dreams come true...(from the Introduction) Read more