The memoir, cleared by the CIA, describes my Jewish family roots, and experiences as the Nazis took over Germany, then our escape from Europe, joining the OSS during WWII, then the CIA during the Cold War, and the lessons I learned building one of the first global wine brands, BLUE NUN.
“Peter Sichel was a true insider during the heyday of the CIA during the late 1940s and 1950s. From Berlin to Hong Kong, he served in a global secret war that was, by turns, gallant, necessary, dangerous, and wrongheaded. … His memoir is clear-eyed, charming, and fascinating.”
—Evan Thomas, author of The Very Best Men: The Daring Early Years of the CIA
“Peter Sichel is an iconic figure in the history of wine. With his European upbringing and early years in the CIA, his story is both fascinating and compelling. His success with Blue Nun is nothing short of classic marketing.”
—Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator
“Only Sichel can claim senior membership of two very different CIAs — The Central Intelligence Agency and the Culinary Institute of America. And no one else I can think of in the wine business commands his seniority and standing.”
—Jancis Robinson, Financial Times February 27-28, 2016.