The Connoisseurs by Michael O’Neill: New Wine Book on my Bedside Table
The Connoisseurs is a novel written by Michael O’Neill in 2013, with a feature that a priori made it intriguing and appealing to me: it takes place in the world of wine.
To be more precise, the book takes place in the small imaginary village of Plumbly Fold, Prymshire, England where the rich local community drinks more Champagne wine per head than anywhere else in the country.
The story takes the form of a diary starting when main character Jim is recruited to help running the village’s wine retail shop.
In his diary, Jim shares small episodes in the life of the small shop during one year. Alongside eccentric American store manager Alan and weird assistant Laurie, both wine connoisseurs, the Corkscrews store and its staff live small daily-life adventures as customers come in and out to pick up their beverages.
I’ve enjoyed going through this book, as it allows to read a few diary episodes at a time, for an easy relaxing moment. A great bedside table read with a bit of fun, a bit of wine knowledge, and an enjoyable plot.
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