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Posted February 21, 2014
3 stars - Because in the end, I did learn something about wine.
3 stars - Because in the end, I did learn something about wine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Did I enjoy this book: No, not really, but I mostly blame myself. I ventured outside my favorite genres because, well, I like to drink wine, so I figured I’d give it a go. In the same way that deep fried tofu is a gateway drug into full-blown vegetarianism, I figured a book about wine might be just the thing to interest me in the world of… err… literary professionals who write thinly veiled novels about their home lives.
That probably isn’t fair. It’s not like Blackstone is a writer married to a… oh wait, yes he is.
My husband says I’m being too rough, and for once, I totally agree. This wasn’t a book I would have picked for myself, but rather something new I was trying, and I failed. It’s really not Blackstone’s fault. He’s got impeccable grammar, a great vocabulary and, per his dust jacket photo, he’s a good looking guy. It just seems to me that though we have much in common, if we met in person we’d probably spend most of our time arguing the semantics of “films” versus “movies.” Add to that a plot resolution that left a vinegary taste in my mouth, and there you have it. I should not be reviewing novels like this; they make me unnecessarily cranky.
Would I recommend it: Though there are many people who enjoy spending their leisure time reading novels that could be true, I’m not one of them. There may be a novel out there that’ll draw me over to the more realistic side of the spectrum, but despite my love of wine, Vintage Attraction isn’t it.
Will I read it again: Decidedly not.
As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Posted November 12, 2013
In Charles Blackstone's Vintage Attraction, wine becomes a parab
In Charles Blackstone's Vintage Attraction, wine becomes a parable for love and the complexities that comprise both. "Wine's not a big mystery. It's a journey." Peter Hapworth's journey is a bildungsroman of celebrity love that upends the trope of the normal "writerly" novel with a quirky romance that never goes quite the way we expect. Blackstone reminds us wine is as fertile and volatile as romance, both requiring delicacy and a sensitivity to nuance ("Only three percent of the countless thousands of worldwide examinees ever became master sommeliers."). His education in wine goes hand in hand with his growing marriage. Vintage wines are often saved for special occasions. In Vintage Attraction, Blackstone reminds us that wine isn't a question to be solved, but a drink to savor, relish, and celebrate.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.