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Vintage Attraction

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Before Peter met Izzy, he could tell red wine from white wine and knew that cheap Chardonnay was favored by freshmen college girls and that it could cause a terrible headache, but that was it.
Lonely and frustrated with his career, his life takes a sudden turn when he turns on the TV and is transfixed by the woman staring back at him, swirling a glass of wine in her hand—Isabelle Conway, one of the most preeminent sommeliers in the world. Yet there was something about her, somehow he felt like he already knew her, and after a fateful chance encounter on the streets of Chicago, the two embark on a journey through Greece and navigate the mysteries of wine, and the heart, in this rich and insightful novel.
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 Award
“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
“Charles Blackstone’s writing is as much the work of a winemaker as it is of a novelist; the prose evidences the same craftsmanship, the same inimitable personality, takes the same risks, and offers the same rewards in the end as some of the greatest vintages.” —Burt Wolf, host of PBS Travels and Traditions
Vintage Attraction will take readers on a wild ride through the world of wine.” —Laura Maniec, owner of Corkbuzz
Charles Blackstone is the managing editor of Bookslut and the author of several short stories and plays. He has been a guest on Chicago Public Radio and Chicago Tonight. Charles has received the Barker Award for fiction and lives in downtown Chicago with his wife, master sommelier Alpana Singh.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 08, 2013 – Blackstone s second novel follows the wine-infused romance of Peter Hapworth, self-described Conceptualist, Teacher, Chicagoan, Swashbuckler, Eater, Drinker, Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, and sommelier Isabelle Conway, star of her own television show, Vintage Attraction. When Peter guests on her show, he winds up with a date, and the two embark on a whirlwind courtship. Izzy s world is a glamorous one, in contrast to Peter s drab academic circles and lackluster dating life. In five weeks, their courtship runs its course through Chicago s restaurant scene, culminating with their hasty elopement. But while Izzy s fortunes rise, Peter is fired from his teaching job and pulled back into an old relationship. When Izzy s friend Pacer Rosencrants begins to pursue her, Peter begins to question his bond with Izzy. To test their love, he follows her on a wine tour of Santorini, Greece. Blackstone has created a likable protagonist in Peter, and a worthy love interest in Izzy, toying with the dynamic of pursuer and pursued. His wine world knowledge is impressive, but the story is riddled with clunky wine world puns among otherwise confident prose. However, the boy meets girl, gets girl, loses girl story he tells is a familiar one that the wine world does little to enliven.
Vintage Attraction
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  • Category: Family
  • Published: Oct 01, 2013
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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