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A humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist’s desperate attempt to save his career—and possibly, his marriage—by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago.

Ten years ago, Bruno Tannenbaum was a passionate food journalist with a respected newspaper column, a popular segment on the evening news, and a bestselling guide to relationships through food. These days, Bruno is a passionate “has-been” living on his mother’s couch, separated from his wife and daughters, eating his way through an ever-dwindling bank account, faced with the gnawing doubt that he’ll never be the writer he once was.

Then Bruno stumbles on the secret to a “lost vintage” of wine, stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War and presumed lost to the world for good. Recognizing his one chance at reviving his career, he scrapes together his last resources and sets off on an exciting food-filled quest that leads him from the rolling hills of Burgundy to a raucous wedding in Moldova, to a Beaune Bacchanal, and the greying walls of a Russian prison, as he attempts to find this extremely valuable wine and prove himself as the writer, father, and husband he knows he can be.

Vintage is an exhilarating debut that reads like a delectable food memoir combined with a comic travelogue, including mouthwatering recipes and wine pairings. It is a deliciously scintillating story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Vintage is at once a mouthwatering culinary tale, an evocative look at the strength it takes to create the life we want, and a delicious adventure. Baker’s lyrical descriptions of the power of food and the right wine to heal and connect those we love weaves a tender and often hilarious tale of navigating life’s choices. In Vintage,the thread of a storied wine and its missing vintages transcends geography and explores what it means to create your own second chance.”

    Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, MFK Fisher Award-Winning author of Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland

  • “What fun: a sort of Sam Spade voice, tough as a film noir character, runs delightfully amok in the wine and gourmet worlds in this hilarious and evocative debut.”

    Richard C. Morais, author of The Hundred-Foot Journey

  • “An improbable hero, a decades-old mystery, a globe-trotting pursuit, and starring roles for fine food and great wine. What’s not to love?”

    Katherine Cole, author of Complete Wine Selector: How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time

  • “Earthy, soulful, suspenseful, and comic all at once, David Baker’s beautiful and quietly audacious debut is not to be missed.”

    Carole Maso, author of The Art Lover

  • [Vintage is] an intriguing, evocative, and seductive narrative—an entirely sensual experience.”

    Warwick Ross, producer and director of Red Obsession

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About the Author

David Baker attributes his fascination with wine to a chance train stop in Beaune, which led to time spent working in commercial vineyards, a film, a novel and a dozen years making passable pinot noir in his garage. He holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and is the director of American Wine Story. He currently lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.