Published August 01, 2023
An intoxicating escape into the cutthroat world of wine and the complicated terrain of women’s friendship.
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What happens when two ambitious young women, opposite in every way, join forces in a competitive male-dominated industry?
Wren and Thessaly collide when they land coveted jobs at a glamorous New York City boutique wine importer. Hardworking, by-the-book Wren comes from a modest background and has everything to prove while Thessaly hails from a family of prestigious California growers—but she is plagued by self-doubt. Thrown together at work, where they're expected to have exquisite palates, endless tolerance for alcohol and socializing, and the ability to sell, sell, sell, they regard each other with suspicion.
It’s only on an important European business trip—with everything on the line for both of them—that they unexpectedly forge an alliance that will change the course of their careers and personal lives.
With mouth-watering descriptions of food and wine, Wine People takes readers from France, Germany, and Italy to the Midwest and Sonoma. An utterly entertaining page-turner that explores how close friends can both misjudge and uplift each other.
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"Like a fine wine with complex tasting notes, this alluring novel has depths to unfold...Pour a glass and dive in."
“Readers will learn a whole lot about wine through this entertaining story, leaving them one step closer to sommelier status.”
What people are saying...
Smart and very funny, satirical but deeply felt, Wine People is a shrewd, clear-eyed love letter to wine and the people who make, import, and drink it.
Wildgen beautifully captures the shifting feelings and perspectives of a long friendship evolving over time, even as she illuminates a little-known corner of wine culture. An intriguing read!
I blazed through this novel—a complicated, authentic examination of female ambition and friendship that also happens to be such fun to read.
An intoxicating story of friendship, workplace politics, entrepreneurship, and, of course, the elixir of the Gods, Wine People is all the wine metaphors and then some. Savor it.
So intoxicatingly real and so, so smart and moving, Wildgen’s novel plumbs the depths of female friendship.