Vintage Attraction (Hardcover)
Pegasus Books, 9781605984827, 336pp.
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
A young English teacher falls—glass first—into a love affair and the world of wine when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier.
Before Peter Hapworth meets Izzy, he knows the difference between Pinot Noir and peanut butter, but that's about it. Lonely and frustrated with his academic career--as well as with dating--his life takes a sudden turn one night when he turns on the television. He's transfixed by the woman staring back at him, a glass of wine swirling delicately in her hand--Isabelle Conway, one of the preeminent sommeliers in the world. There's something about her. Somehow, he feels like he already knows her.
On a whim, he pitches himself as a guest on her popular TV show, and the two embark on a whirlwind courtship. But relationships require a delicate balance of nurturing and belief, much like winemaking. Hapworth and Izzy must navigate the complex mysteries of wine--and the heart--from glamorous social events and domestic travails in Chicago to the vineyards and rocky bluffs of Santorini in Greece. Vintage Attraction is a rich and insightful novel by an exciting, young literary talent.
About the Author
Praise For Vintage Attraction: A Novel…
— Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and The Juice: Vinous Veritas
Tapping into his intimate knowledge of the wine world, Charles Blackstone has created a quirky novel about love, marriage, Greece and, yes, plenty of vino.
If you like pugs, wine, and Greece, Vintage Attraction is for you. I loved every word.
— Gary Shytengart, New York Times bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story
Vintage Attraction’s magic is that it brilliantly compares discovering wine to something everyone can relate to: falling in love.
— Belinda Chang, winner of the James Beard Outstanding Wine Service Award
Vintage Attraction will take readers on a wild ride through the world of wine.
— Laura Maniec, master sommeleir and owner of Corkbuzz, Food & Wine Sommeleir of the Year