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
Charles Blackstone is the managing editor of Bookslut. His short stories have appeared in Esquire and other publications. He teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers' Workshop and lives in New York City.
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 hyper-articulate mensch who loves her. A quirky and original novel about love, wine, and marriage. — 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