4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
champagne, shenanigans, skulduggery and grand cru sex,
This review is from: Vintage (Paperback)
If you want your summer holiday to come a bit earlier this year, then get a copy of Vintage, turn up the central heating and let yourself sink into this glossy, bitchy, sexy world of international winemaking, where grapes aren't the only things getting squashed underfoot. Vintage has all the shameless glitz and passion of the best 80s blockbuster tradition, but its three heroines are strong, determined, and most importantly, sympathetic women who struggle with their own destinies as hard as they struggle with the various men in their lives.
Kelly is a chambermaid from the wrong side of the tracks who inherits an English vineyard from a father she never knew; Christina is a gorgeous American supermodel, who finds herself clinging onto her Napa Valley estate when her apparently perfect marriage crumbles; Madeleine is the last of an illustrious line of French Champagne makers, now facing ruin. The three are linked by a bet made by a trio of wine critics, that one of them can mentor their chosen producer into creating the best sparkling wine in a blind tasting. But no matter how hard the women work to get their fledgling vineyards up to the standard required, battling their own demons, as well as the endless demands of the industry, they're really no match for the evil machinations of Mathieu Randon, ruthless and sexy owner of the global megabrand, Domaine Randon, who is determined to destroy any one who stands in his way...
Once I started reading this, I literally couldn't stop - the stories intertwine cleverly and keep the pace relentless, and the wine-making background is drawn so skilfully that what could have been dry factual information becomes as fascinating as the slow-burning romances, and frankly steamy sex. Vintage has three heroines you genuinely care about, right from the start, at least two love-to-hate villains, and a parade of teasing 'ooh, was that meant to be...?' snippets of gossipy detail. Don't wait for the beach to enjoy this fantastic beach read; open up a chilled bottle of cava and enjoy it now!