The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty by Julia Flynn Siler
Sure, it’s intended to recount the events that brought success and failure to the family and their wineries. As such, it is quite informative. But it’s like reading a 400-page encyclopedia entry; very dry prose. Instead of developing the biographical “characters” in the book, and guiding the reader to draw their own conclusions as to why and how things went down (it’s not hard to connect the dots), the author simply conveys the facts.
It’s basically a huge research paper. Not a light or enjoyable read, but extensively researched and thorough.