Vintage

Vintage

Book - 2015 | First Touchstone hardcover edition.
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The "spellbinding debut" ( Library Journal , starred review) about a food journalist's desperate attempt to save his career--and possibly, his marriage--through an epic quest that leads him from Burgundy through Russia, tracking an infamous bottle of wine.

Good ingredients, an open heart, a dash of tenacity, and a pinch of courage...

Food journalist, wine connoisseur, and onetime bestselling writer Bruno Tannenbaum has long believed these are the elements of a full life. The rest will take care of itself. But lately, nothing's going right for Bruno. His career is floundering, he's separated from his wife drinking his way through a dwindling bank account, certain all that's left of life is a downward slope into obscurity.

Then Bruno stumbles upon a clue leading to a "lost" wine vintage, one of the many bottles stolen and smuggled out of France during WWII, now worth a small fortune and sought after by wine collectors throughout the world. Finding this bottle could be the key to restoring Bruno's career--maybe even writing his comeback novel. But his discovery is not a secret for long; word spreads, nefarious characters interested in the bottle start appearing at every turn, so Bruno scrapes together his final resources, calls in favors he may ultimately regret and sets off.

From a raucous wedding in Moldova to the rolling hills of Burgundy and the graying walls of a Russian prison, Vintage is a "delicious" ( Chicago Tribune ) food-filled debut about making one last effort to follow your dreams.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2015.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501112515
1501112511
9781501112553
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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Beatricksy Nov 18, 2017

It's like one of Peter Mayle's mysteries set in France, but with an even more bumbling protagonist than usual. It's perfect for the foodies, and the dry humor and nonsense is sorta endearing once you get used to it. It's an exercise in the silly, made extravagantly dramatic due to our chubby, alcoholic lead's well-intentioned but entirely useless meandering through a slightly boggy plot. The point is to read about fine locations and finer wines, but I do need a little character development with my scenery.

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