A Good Year by Peter Mayle

A Good Year by Peter Mayle


The writer with a claim to being the world’s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence.

Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about win than Max does – and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.

An Eye Opener

I have never travelled to Europe, let alone Provence. This is such an eye opener to a different kind of writing. A good read about wine connoisseurs, how much they are willing to spend on a bottle of wine without even knowing where the wine is being produced. The only food I know about which is from Provence is ratatouille – no rats involved in the making of that dish, just a seasoned stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, squash, and sometimes meat. And that dish is definitely NOT cooked by rats, that’s just in the cartoon. See the importance of reading and watching cartoons? Yeah, I learned about ratatouille by watching that cartoon, I am sure many people who has never travelled to that part of Europe also learned that rat dish from cartoon. 

I have no knowledge regarding wine and have no interest to indulge in such expensive bottle of drink. No harm learning the name of different types of wine though.

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Updated on December 4, 2021

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