The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

The Lost Vintage

Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War IITo become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of Wine Examination. She’s failed twice before; her third attempt will ...

Details The Lost Vintage

TitleThe Lost Vintage
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Lost Vintage

  • Chris
    “The world needs novels like The Lost Vintage: page-turning tales that remind us both of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. The Lost Vintage moves seamlessly between the indignities and horrors of occupied France in the Second World War and the pride and passion of serious winemakers in the present. It’s a remarkable novel.”
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsThe Lost Vintage is a beautifully crafted tale told in a dual timeline format, and both stories are equally compelling. In the present-day tale, Kate is studying to pass the Master of Wine Examination and travels to her family estate in Burgundy to attempt to master the Burgundian vintages. While there, she uncovers a hidden room filled with World War 2 Resistance pamphlets and a vast amount of valuable wine. Spurred on by her discovery,...
  • Kaya Dimitrova
    Ревю => ~ ~ „Бургундските дневници“ е роман, който ме потопи в истории за погребани семейни тайни, носещи аромата на вино и чара на Франция. Написана леко и увлекателно и разказваща за съдбите на две силни и целеустремени жен...
  • Nina Draganova
    Веднага щом видях тази така красиво оформена книга , реших , че няма как да не си я купя.Очаквах , че ще бъде "изпипана котюрна рокля със семпла, елегантна кройка " - както се е изразила в нея авторката.Уви, получих зле съшита конфекция.По дяволите, защ...
  • Jodie
    This was a fantastic book! I love how the story was told from two different time periods and two different characters (Kate and Helene). The author did an amazing job describing the time period, the landscape, and (of course) the wine! I had so many different feelings during this book - intrigue, outrage, happiness, and sadness. I highly recommend this book!I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway- thank you so much to Goodreads and the publi...
  • Barbara Leuthe
    Great read,I loved the whole concept of the lost wine and finding a lost family member.It kind of had two stories in one .The past and present made for an interesting read. I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
  • Renee
    I won this book from Goodreads, and I'm very thankful to the author, publishers and Goodreads. I loved everything about this book -- the two stories and how they were connected, the characters, and the history. Such a beautifully written story.
  • Jan
    This was a Goodreads win thank you. I loved this book, in fact I started it and read it in one day, I had to know how it ended.Kate lives in the USA she is trying to pass the Master of Wine examination, she is stressing over it, as she has failed in the past. As a child, her French mother use to take her back to the family vineyards in France to be with family. She later fell in love with Jean-Luc who's family had the vineyard down the road, howe...
  • Casey
    A jarring, moving WWII page-turner. I learned a lot about the occupation -- reminiscent of the incredible movie "Leon Morin, Priest" with Belmondo -- and found the parallel contemporary story utterly absorbing. Loved the author's pace and prose. A true talent.
  • Nancy
    A moving, heartfelt, well told story that spans two time periods; families struggling with the making and preservation of their Burgundy wines while under German occupation during WWII and their modern day descendants devoted to the craft of viticulture and enology . Author Ann Mah skillfully weaves the two stories together by using a diary written by a young woman (and 'suspected' collaborator) during the Occupation and a grandniece currently st...
  • Lisa
    As Kate prepares for the Master of Wine exam, she visits her family's vineyard in France. While there, she discovers a secret room that dates back to WW II. Helene -- who built the room with her father -- reveals her story in diary entries throughout, adding to a thoroughly entertaining story.I also enjoyed learning more about what it means to be a wine expert. I know I'd be able to tell the difference between a chardonnay and reisling in a blind...
  • Michelle
    A great mix of historical fiction and a family’s modern day quest to come to terms with their past in France’s Burgundy region.
  • Melissa
    Historical fictional novel set during both WWII in France, and present day France and USA. A sommelier returns to her family's French vineyard in Burgundy to visit before her test to become Master of Wine certified as she is in dire need of brushing up on her wines. She is ambivalent because when her former French fiance's father had died years ago she returned to the USA and broke it off via electronic means and doesn't want to see him because i...
  • Alison Needham
    Smart, tender-hearted and warm, this book moves between two worlds — Nazi occupied France and today where a sommelier heads from the US back to her French family to hone her skills to prepare for her master sommelier exam. While there, she stumbles upon family secrets that have been buried since WWII. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so much about what life was like in France during the war, and the sacrifices made by so many women who were le...
  • Jackie
    If you like wine, France and good food, this book is for you. While it was predictable, it was also a good story and I certainly enjoyed it. Happy Reading!!
  • Lisa
    The Lost Vintage is a gripping story of a young woman who returns to her family's ancestral home in Burgundy to study for the Master of Wine exam. While helping to clean out the cellar, she discovers a secret cave filled with thousands of bottles of wine hidden before Nazi occupation during WWII. As she delves into her family's secret past, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family and what is important in her own li...
  • Cathy Reilly
    Ah, belle France. Wine, cheese, beautiful countryside and lovely cities. History. Art. Did I mention wine? When I am not traveling myself, the next best thing to it is to get to read about someone else's travels! And Ann Mah's writing never disappoints. I started this book during a snowy spell in late March and finished it within a day or so, it was that compelling. I was transported to France and a mystery that emerged when two friends were clea...
  • Kathryn
    Simply stunning novel - “page turner” doesn’t even begin to describe it.Author Ann Mah delicately and intricately weaves together stories of the past and present in Burgundy, France with an uncanny ability to keep the reader guessing through a series of surprise twists. Mah kept me at the edge of my seat and her description of Beaune and the surrounding area had me imagining the warm, dry sun on my face and the taste of a crisp Bourgogne Al...
  • Margo Littell
    Kate is facing one of the hardest tests of her life: the practical exam for the Master of Wine certification, which she’s already failed twice. If she doesn’t pass this time, she’ll be banned from taking the exam again. Her mentor advises her to travel to France to dive deeper into her studies. Kate’s family has owned vineyards in the Burgundy region for generations, and she is a welcome guest in her cousin Nico’s house. Her plan is to ...
  • Linda Donohue
    An excellent read. History of wine hiding during WWII. I received this book as a Good Reads giveaway. I thank the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. Loved the story! Keep writing!
  • Lindsey
    The Lost Vintage was a fantastic read. Ann Mah's writing is beautiful and so evocative of the French countryside that it feels like you're standing in the vineyard. Though I can't drink anymore I used to love a good red, and every part of this novel made me want to pick up a glass. As with Mastering the Art of French Eating, Mah's ability to stir your imagination to the point of being able to taste the food and drink she describes is almost magic...
  • Samantha
    I received a copy of this book from the Goodreads giveaway program. A wonderful read that allowed me to escape into a different time and place. Very well written, and the characters were great.
  • Mary Nee
    A a beautifully written story. this story reminds us of the power of the human spirit and the mystery of the human heart. A page turner you won't want to put down.
  • Beth Dyer
    I don't think there is anything better than drinking wine and reading a good book, so how about reading a good book that is about wine? Cheers! This book grabbed me from the beginning, America, France, WWII. I sometimes wonder how if there can be any more good reads written about WWII and the answer is yes! Complex family secrets, heritage, discovery, and the thirst to always want to know more, and for must of us, to do and be good, are all apart...
  • Pam Langer
    This was an easy book to read as the author was very clear and concise in her writing. All the while bringing the people, the vineyards and the food and wine to life.
  • Allie Larkin
    A gorgeous novel of French food, wine, and a mystery from the past rapidly unraveling. I couldn’t stop reading and wanted to savor every word
  • Pam
    *I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways- a big thanks to GR and the publisher!! 4.5 dazzling, lovely stars!Oh my- what a beautiful story. This book- there are so many wonderful things I could say about it, from the stunning French imagery to the thoroughly developed and planned characters, to the obvious detailed research by the author. This book was a complete win on every single level, honest to goodness. Using wine as the commonality ...
  • Diane
    Won this book from good reads giveaway. Looked forward to reading this book. Found the book well written and kept my interest. Gave a lot about the Paris and the resistance movement during WW2 and how they helped many Jewish people to escape. We meet Kate a young women who wants to become a Wine Master. She has taken the test twice now and failed. This is her last chance to pass it. She finds herself with out a job and decides to return to Paris ...
  • Emily
    ***Goodreads Giveaway Win***This book started out strong but petered out. What's good: 1) The characters. They're not too angsty. They're smart but not overly so. They felt real. 2) The historical journal entries: It surprised me that I enjoyed this portion; normally I dislike historical fictional, especially about WWII. However, in this book, the historical aspect wasn't treacly nor saccharine. I like that it added some mystery to the plot.What'...
  • Ashley
    This is a multi-layered book and a wonderful, compulsive read. The author deftly spans continents and familial generations with enthralling characters and subplots. The historical fiction component is engrossing and thought provoking, particularly as it relates to a subset of women and their treatment in Europe following the end of World War II. The rich descriptions of viticulture and oenology made me wish I was at the vineyard, and at the least...