Before Peter met Izzy, he could tell red wine from white wine and knew that cheap Chardonnay was favored by freshman college girls and could give one terrible headache, but that was it. Lonely and frustrated with his career, his life takes a sudden turn when he turns on the TV and is transfixed by the woman staring back at him, swirling a glass of wine in her hand - Isabelle Conway, one of the most preeminent sommeliers in the world. Yet there was something about her, somehow he felt like he already knew her, and after a fateful chance encounter on the streets of Chicago, the two embark on a journey through Greece and navigate the mysteries of wine, and the heart, in this rich and insightful novel.
Charles Blackstoneis 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.