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The Grape Escape [Paperback]

Steve Hovington
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1 Jan 2011
Over the course of one year, aided by several musician mates, Steve undergoes a crash course in winemaking, tending his 250 vines in a desolate vineyard in the depths of winter to the blazing heat of summer. Then, after the harvest in September, he treads his grapes half-naked in a small vat, along with petrified insects. And so begins the emotional roller-coaster ride of the fermentation. Would the wine turn to vinegar or would Steve succeed in producing his very own masterpiece? Or at least something drinkable? The Grape Escape is not just a fascinating and entertaining guide to do it yourself winemaking in a rural French setting. It is also the bittersweet tale of one man's struggle to come to terms with life after living the rock and roll dream and finding salvation through wine.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848765975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848765979
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll meets wine making 6 May 2011
The Grape Escape begins with gusto as the reader is drawn into the author's past life as a lead singer in a 80s rock band. Mere glimpses of the life of B-Move left me wanting to know more. As the musical motifs faded, what was to come was a meandering, at times painfully funny and emotionally wrenching story of a discovery of a plan B 'career' as a wine maker. Steve's passions for music and wine strike the reader like the perfect high note or fine claret.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be yourself (whatever it means) 7 Aug 2011
Open, amusing, truthful and authentic book about doing things which Steve wanted to do (or they came to him in a flash of inspiration).
Instead of creating a false myth Steve creates reality out of his dreams.
I wish society at large was like that, because then we would all be smiling!
And it is very entertaining to read too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve's Panache 9 July 2011
So: you never wanted to be a pop star? Never wanted to make your own wine from ancient French vines?

I don't believe you. Steve Hovington touches on universal truths in a moving, funny book that is part journal, part autobiography, part travelogue and part instruction manual. He tells two stories in parallel: his brief rise and fall as the lead singer of B-Movie in the 1980s, and his subsequent directionless decline into retail boredom; and his personal renewal, despite the ups and downs of the wine trade, as he pursues and finally realises the dream of making his own wine. His narrative voice is candid, self-deprecating and witty; his style clear, direct and elegant.

This could easily be a novel by Nick Hornby. Only it's better than that. Steve Hovington has added a second major achievement to the bottling of Steve's Grenache: he is a fine writer.
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