The Vintage Caper

The Vintage Caper

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, Peter Mayle's newest and most delightful novel is filled with culinary delights, sumptuous wines, and colorful characters. It's also a lot of fun.
The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.
Enter Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, cultivated crime expert, and wine connoisseur. Called in by Roth's insurance company, which is now saddled with a multimillion-dollar claim, Sam follows his leads--to Bordeaux and its magnificent vineyards, and to Provence to meet an eccentric billionaire collector who might possibly have an interest in the stolen wines. Along the way, bien sur, he is joined by a beautiful and erudite French colleague, and together they navigate many a chateau, pausing frequently to enjoy the countryside's abundant pleasures.
The unraveling of the ingenious crime is threaded through with Mayle's seductive rendering of France's sensory delights--from a fine Lynch-Bages and Leoville Barton to the bouillabaisse of Marseille and the young lamb of Bordeaux. Even the most sophisticated of oenophiles will learn a thing or two from this vintage work by a beloved author.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307269010
Branch Call Number: FIC Mayle
Characteristics: 223 pages


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Aug 24, 2017

My husband enjoyed this (he knows all about wine) and when he told me the plot I thought I'd like to read it!

Mar 25, 2017

Reads like Lovejoy or McGee lite.
Not a bad book by author outside his comfort zone.
Best as summer reading.

Jun 29, 2014

A light, quick read: there is lots of info about good French wine and food. The characters are few and stereotypic, so this is a good alternative to reading a romance.

Jun 07, 2014

A light, quick read involving a possible insurance scam.

Aug 22, 2012

A charming summer read for the francophile. The plot is lively and the characters charming but pretty stereotypical and not complex. As there is travel thriugh France you get the vicarious enjoyment of the descriptions of the meals and wine. A fun light read.

Jun 03, 2012

Mayle hit his peak with the Provence experiences but proves to be a bland, mundane novelist relying on his early success to sell these mindless tales.
Your second or third re-read of "A Year In Provence" will be much more entertaining than opening this one.

Dec 09, 2010

Amusing L.A. character description with a fun, light-hearted, predictable plot.

Feb 06, 2010

Sam Levitt, con man turned good guy, is hired to uncover the truth about the theft of some high priced French wine. It's a good first effort in the mystery genre with lots of good food and wine consumed as you'd expect from a book written by Peter Mayle. There are some good twists and turns in this caper.

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