Vintage Attraction by Charles Blackstone audiobook

Vintage Attraction

By Charles Blackstone
Read by George Newbern

Blackstone Publishing 9781605984827
9.03 Hours Unabridged
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A young English teacher falls—glass first—into a love affairand the world of wine when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier. Before Peter Hapworth meets Izzy, he knows the differencebetween pinot noir and peanut butter, but that’s about it. Lonely and frustratedwith his academic career—as well as with dating—his life takes a sudden turnone night when he turns on the television. He’s transfixed by the woman staringback 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 televisionshow, and the two embark on a whirlwind courtship. But relationships require adelicate balance of nurturing and belief, much like winemaking. Hapworth andIzzy must navigate the complex mysteries of wine—and the heart—from glamoroussocial events and domestic travails in Chicago to the vineyards and rocky bluffsof Santorini in Greece. VintageAttraction is a rich and insightful novel by an exciting young literarytalent.

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Summary

Summary

A young English teacher falls—glass first—into a love affairand the world of wine when he meets a famous and enchanting sommelier.

Before Peter Hapworth meets Izzy, he knows the differencebetween pinot noir and peanut butter, but that’s about it. Lonely and frustratedwith his academic career—as well as with dating—his life takes a sudden turnone night when he turns on the television. He’s transfixed by the woman staringback 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 televisionshow, and the two embark on a whirlwind courtship. But relationships require adelicate balance of nurturing and belief, much like winemaking. Hapworth andIzzy must navigate the complex mysteries of wine—and the heart—from glamoroussocial events and domestic travails in Chicago to the vineyards and rocky bluffsof Santorini in Greece. VintageAttraction is a rich and insightful novel by an exciting young literarytalent.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If you like pugs, wine, and Greece, Vintage Attraction is for you. I loved every word.” Gary Shteyngart, 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, Emmy award–winning host of PBS’s Travels and Traditions
“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.” Publishers Weekly
“Blackstone’s rendering of a disgruntled hipster-slacker-intellectual in the character of Peter is authentic and humorous; the amusing scenes involving academia are written with brilliance and insight.” Library Journal
“Blackstone, who is married to a sommelier, repeatedly makes an effort to equate forging a relationship with making fine wine, ensuring that for those with a taste for both light literary romance and a glass of crisp Assyrtiko, this is an excellent match.” Booklist
“Bottoms up! There’s no way to read Charles Blackstone’s debut novel, Vintage Attraction, with its scrumptiously crafted details about the ins and outs of wine tasting, without craving a glass of fine vino and a hunk of aged cheese…Blackstone brings out the flavor of something truly riveting as the tale pours through various wine tastings and winds through vineyards. Clearly, Vintage Attraction proves the maxim that ‘in wine there’s truth,’ because it’s spot-on with explanations of the many varietals in the fascinating world of wine.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
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
“Fiction is often a few beats ahead of the accelerated grimace of reality, as Charles Blackstone demonstrates in this engaging novel about a celebrity sommelier and the hyperarticulate mensch who loves her. A quirky and original novel about love, wine, and marriage.” Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
Vintage Attraction will take readers on a wild ride through the world of wine.”  Laura Maniec, master sommelier 

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Author

Author Bio: Charles Blackstone

Author Bio: Charles Blackstone

Charles Blackstone is the managing editor of Bookslut. His short stories have appeared in Esquire and other publications. Newcity named him in their “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago” annual feature. He lives in downtown Chicago with his wife.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English