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12.22.16: Tangled Vines has been on the San Francisco Chronicle and NCIBA bestseller list for seven weeks.
Frances and her Berkeleyside co-worker, Emilie Raguso, won an award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for their comprehensive coverage of homelessness in Berkeley.
Tangled Vines will be released in paperback on Oct. 18, 2016
Wine Enthusiast magazine recommends Tangled Vines as a way to “elevate your summer reading list.”
Tangled Vines is now available as an audio book. Audible has just released the 9-hour 33-minute tape read by Dina Pearlman. You can purchase it here.
I am happy to announce that Tangled Vines has been nominated for a Northern California Book award in the non-fiction category. The winners will be selected May 15. (My previous book, Towers of Gold, was also a finalist in 2009)
The East Bay Times wrote about Tangled Vines to advance my appearance at the Oakland Public Library on May 3, 2016.
I did an hour-long TV interview with UC Berkeley Professor Harry Kreisler as part of my appearance as the HarvEst lecturer at Cal. We discuss my family history, writing, and the creation of Berkeleyside.
Newsweek magazine takes an in-depth look at Tangled Vines and the rise of wine crime and fraud in the work. The reporter even visits Mare Island to see where the arson fire happened.
Food & Wine magazine names Tangled Vines as one of the best wine books of 2015.
The Washington Post names Tangled Vines as one of the top books to give in the 2015 holiday season. Dave McIntyre, the paper’s wine writers, said it is “the most engrossing and engaging book about Napa Valley” since James Conaway’s two-volume saga. (Published in 2002).
The Wall Street Journal names Tangled Vines “one of the best books for wine lovers.”
KQED’s Bay Area Bites names Tangled Vines to its list of 10 great food books from 2015.
The San Jose Mercury News puts Tangled Vines on its list of 5 best wine reads.
Collectors Weekly used Tangled Vines as a way to take a deeper look at the California Wine Association, the monopoly that controlled 80% of the production of wine in the state before Prohibition. Dec. 11, 2105.
Christopher Chan of Seattle’s Happy Hour Radio recommends Tangled Vines as a holiday pick (at 43:34 mark)
Hear a podcast of my Dec. 3 interview on KQED Forum with Michael Krasny
“Tangled Vines” explores wine, the pride of Cucamonga – Inland Bulletin, Nov. 24, 2015
Tangled Vines makes the New York Times Bestseller List! Nov. 16, 2015
Wine, Crime and a Jewish Financier – The Forward – Nov. 8, 2015
Native Americans gave their blood to make wine in early Los Angeles – radio interview with Off-Ramp – Nov. 2, 2015
Stolen Wine, a Fire, and Wine History up in Flames – An interview with Napa Broadcasting – Oct. 12, 2015
Tangled Vines makes the San Francisco Chronicle/Northern California Independent Bookseller Association bestseller list for week ending Oct. 25!
“Dinkelspiel dips into the dark side of wine history in ‘Tangled Vines,’” Contra Costa Times, Oct. 13, 2015.
“New book documents ‘largest wine arson in the world,'” St. Helena Star, Oct 12, 2015
Interview with Modern Notion (podcast)
Interview magazine interviews Dinkelspiel about Tangled Vines in article titled “Wines and Misdemeanors.”
“Bay Area journalist pens new book about the crimes of Mark Anderson,” Marin Scope, Oct. 8, 2015.
Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel, Eat Drink Films
Elaine Petrocelli, the owner of Book Passage bookstore, calls Tangled Vines “mesmerizing” and includes it in her “Elaine’s Picks,” for October 2015.
St. Martins Press will publish Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California on Oct. 6, 2015.
I am pleased to announce that I have received a writing fellowship to the 2013 Napa Valley Wine Writers’ Symposium. Now in it’s ninth year, the Symposium brings together experienced and aspiring wine writers every February for a three-day conference at the beautiful Meadowood Resort. In addition to lectures, seminars on wine tasting, and visit to various wineries, participants get to taste some of the best wine produced by Napa Valley vintners. My fellowship is sponsored by the Hess Collection, an amazing winery on Mt. Veeder Road. In a coincidence, my family used to own property right next door and we spent many happy hours wandering through the Hess vineyards.
On January 6, 2013, the San Francisco Chronicle ran an article called “Frances Dinkelspiel’s Favorite Things,” by Louise Rafkin.
“Some of my favorite things are now just memories,” says journalist and author Frances Dinkelspiel. Her house is perched high above Berkeley, surrounded by luscious greenery. It’s hard to remember this was a bleak, charred scar in the aftermath of the 1991 Oakland fire.
Dinkelspiel’s first home on the site burned just a year after her family moved in. “We lost everything,” she says. “Letters, photos and even the family cat.”
Despite that monumental loss, Dinkelspiel, 53, says the tragedy was also strangely cathartic. Rebuilding happened quickly; within two years she was again looking out onto Claremont Canyon from huge picture windows. In the distance, there’s a sliver of blue bay. In this new, more modern home, furnishings are sparse; it’s evident that here the emphasis is on the life of the mind.
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On March 23, 2012, Frances and Isaias Hellman were featured on NBC’s popular genealogy show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” In the show, Academy-Award winning actress Helen Hunt traces her roots back to Gold Rush San Francisco, Isaias Hellman, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Towers of Gold will be released in paperback on Jan. 5, 2010
Towers of Gold is a winner of a Northern California Independent Booksellers Association 2009 Book of the Year award.
San Francisco Chronicle article on the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association awards.
Towers of Gold was a Northern California Independent Booksellers Association bestseller.
The San Francisco Chronicle names Towers of Gold a 2008 Notable Bay Area book.
Towers of Gold has been nominated for a Northern California Book Award for nonfiction.
Towers of Gold is a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller.