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by Nick Taddeo
About This Book
Anna’s Napa Valley winery has been suffering debilitating attacks, not
from other competing wineries but from an intensely troubled young man. She must take action soon or she will lose everything: the winery, the land, the vines, and the equipment. Even her identity is being threatened.
"I feel it’s a very personal matter. How could he try to stop me from
my destiny? I was born into this life. It is all I know and all I ever
wanted to do. Something eternal happens on this parcel of earth. I
have to do my part to keep it alive."
She must figure a way out. It has to be something dramatic, yet simple, but so effective it will set in his brain forever.
About the Author
Anna's Passion is Nick Taddeo's fifth novel. It came about as a result of his unending interest in winemaking and the people involved in producing one of the world's most popular beverages.
Taddeo is a resident of Pasadena, California, and a frequent visitor to the Napa Valley region.
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In Nick Taddeo's fifth novel, Anna's Passion, which takes place in Napa Valley, Anastasia believes her father is the single greatest obstacle preventing her from gaining complete control of the family winery. She is on her way to developing a fine, perhaps even unique wine, when a series of unexpected events start to happen. First someone attempts to
undermine the winery’s finances, and from there the problems escalate.
Anna is convinced none of the trouble could possibly be caused by her
father or Marco, her ex-husband. Marco, however, complicates her life
because he is both P.R. and chief salesman; therefore, always a
presence. Wanting to expand her options, she goes into a partnership
with her ex and another man. Anna quickly learns the other man cannot
be trusted. She discovers that he is, in fact, her nemesis. So Anna
knows she must take strong measures to stop him. She sets into action
a plan she believes will permanently settle matters with him, but the
results are devastating.
When we asked Taddeo about his great interest in enology, he replied,
"My first experience with making wine came when I was about ten or
eleven. I helped my father press what he called Michigan and
California grapes in our cellar. Breathing the strong aroma issuing
from the fermented must and taking a few sips of the purple juice
caused me to stagger around half intoxicated until I could get out for
some fresh air. I didn’t know at the time I would develop such a
strong interest in the process and the people involved. Pouring from
any bottle brings an endless variety of tastes depending on the
winemaker, the soil, the climate and forever, the grape. So out of
this interest I have managed to write two novels, and yet I go on
studying the subject and tasting the wines."
Reading Anna’s Passion will not only have you moving through the story but also may have you wanting to visit the wine country, and in the
process acquaint you with the joys (as well as the disappointments) of
winemaking and producing one of the world’s most popular beverages.
Anna's Passion was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at ForemostPress.com, and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.
ISBN 10: 1-936154-68-4
334 pp, $12.97