Rare Book About Winemaker Martin Ray Once Again Available

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The third edition of Vineyards in the Sky: The Life of Legendary Vintner Martin Ray by Eleanor Ray and Barbara Marinacci, will be available for purchase at the end of July 2006. Published by Mountain Vines Publishing, LLC, this 456-page book contains black-and-white photographs of Martin Ray's life, the wine business and the heritage of Paul Masson.

The third edition of Vineyards in the Sky: The Life of Legendary Vintner Martin Ray by Eleanor Ray and Barbara Marinacci, will be available for purchase at the end of July 2006. This high-demand book has been out of print since mid-2005. Evidence of its popularity include the facts that a review of the book previously published in Wines and Vines is for sale on Amazon.com and that the cost of used editions is about $90.

According to Anthony Dias Blue, a nationally syndicated wine columnist, "This small-press publication...is a gripping memoir that reads like a 'major' novel....Following Prohibition and under the tutelage of Paul Masson, Ray championed the varietal concept....Ray insisted on producing pure varietal wines from premium grapes."

Martin Ray owned Paul Masson's Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California from the mid 1930s to the early 1940s, creating pure varietal wines that received high world-wide acclaim. After selling the winery to Seagram, Ray purchased the land at the top of Table Mountain in Saratoga and began again. His winery, which he lost in a lawsuit to his partners, is now Mt. Eden winery. Ray died in 1976, leaving a legacy of quality and honesty in winemaking.

Published by Mountain Vines Publishing, LLC, which produces other fine books on regional wineries, this 456-page book contains black-and-white photographs of Martin Ray's life, the wine business and the heritage of Paul Masson. Barbara Marinacci has updated the book since the last edition.

Books can be purchased on Mountain Vines Publishing's website, http://www.MountainVinesPub.com, at outlets near the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, and at the Martin Ray Winery in Sonoma County, California. They will also be available on Amazon.com in the near future.

Contact Casey Dawes at 831-684-0522 for further information or to arrange an interview with Barbara Marinacci.

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