Sotto Voce

Sotto Voce New York based wine critic Thomas Baldwin can make or break careers with his column for Taste Magazine But when his publisher orders him to spend a year profiling rising stars of California s wine cou

  • Title: Sotto Voce
  • Author: Erin Finnegan
  • ISBN: 9781941530153
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York based wine critic Thomas Baldwin can make or break careers with his column for Taste Magazine But when his publisher orders him to spend a year profiling rising stars of California s wine country and organizing a competition between the big name wineries of Napa and the smaller artisan wineries of Sonoma, his world gets turned upside down by an enigmatic young wiNew York based wine critic Thomas Baldwin can make or break careers with his column for Taste Magazine But when his publisher orders him to spend a year profiling rising stars of California s wine country and organizing a competition between the big name wineries of Napa and the smaller artisan wineries of Sonoma, his world gets turned upside down by an enigmatic young winemaker who puts art before business.Sotto Voce is the story of love and wine, and how both require patience, passion, an acceptance of change and an understanding that sometimes, you have to let nature take its course.

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    1. It was a strange book. Good, but strange. There wasn't much of a romance and the bad guy that the author threw in was more of an annoying fly, than anything at all, just to add some innocent angst. Miscommunication happened left and right, and that was fine by me. It was quite understandable, two men so devoted to their respectful professions, that the rest of the world had to be pushed out of the way in order to deliver a perfect product.As a result, there were not a lot of hot romantic or erot [...]

    2. 4.5 starsThis romance, the love affair, is really about the art of winemaking, the obsession with a good bottle of red or white. This is what features prominently in Sotte Voce. sotto vocce: in a quiet, soft voiceIt is about falling in love, yes, but it’s also about the fine work that goes into nurturing the fruit into something exquisite and remarkable. About making a mark, a statement. About taking the science that much farther, into an art form. A labor of love. I especially love the author [...]

    3. "'The strongest words cane said in the softest voices and still be resonant.'"Absolutely, richly, decadently beautiful and romantic; slow-paced, slow-burn, and full-bodied. And that ending detail--ahh, what a way to pull a gasp and huge grin from a reader on the last page!The language was beautiful; the descriptions of the wine-making process--from tending the grapes to harvesting them to putting them through different processes--were bursting with passion and a love for the process and artistry [...]

    4. Very few books have transported me so completely--I want to live in this world! With the delicious romance, the descriptions of wine, and the people and landscape of wine country, it reminded me of "Chocolat" and "Under the Tuscan Sun." I was fascinated and on the edge of my seat, waiting to see when the Greg and Tom would finally get together. Ah, the magic of anticipation!I love brooding rebel guys with a big heart, and Greg is one of the best. Such a beautiful, well-crafted novel with a payof [...]

    5. It doesn't take very long to discover that I'm passionate about books. There are few things I enjoy more than settling down with a new story and a glass of wine; quite often one that I have brewed myself.It is equally obvious that Erin Finnegan is passionate about storytelling. I love to spotlight new and upcoming authors on my blog, and it is especially thrilling to feature one that is as talented as Erin.Thomas and Gregory's first meeting is an unmitigated disaster and their second encounter i [...]

    6. If I had to describe this novel in one word, I would say that it’s sensual. I don’t mean that primarily for its sexual connotations. Most of the sensuality in this book is about wine, and sometimes about scenery. What I mean is that the descriptions are so vivid, taking the time to engage every single one of the five senses, that reading this book is an immersive experience. From the “click-clack-click” of Tom’s boots in the opening sentence to the cozy patio tableau of the closing one [...]

    7. Up until a few years ago, I was the sort of reader who devoured books, even if I didn't really like them. Since the birth of my second son, I haven't had time to waste on books I don't like, much less hardcore, ignore the world, get sucked into a book like I used to. Sotto Voce was that sort of book; not only did I want to get utterly lost in it, I *did*. My kids might be feeling resentful at the moment. Tom's character sucked me in from the start. There was an excellent sense of refinement but [...]

    8. What a delicious debut!From the first page to the last, I found myself smack dab in the middle of California Wine Country, experiencing the sights, sounds, and scents along with the characters. I gazed wide-eyed around the beautiful vineyards, rolled the flavours of wines across my tongue, and lost myself completely in the two wonderfully complex lead characters.With Sotto Voce, Finnegan hasn't just written a love story. She has delivered an absorbing, engaging story of love and life that is wor [...]

    9. Take a bow, Erin Finnegan. The metaphors and sustained allusions related to wine making and tasting woven throughout the story were so well done. Although I am no wine connoisseur, I'd like to think I have cultivated a sophisticated palette for savoring words. Finnegan layers even the briefest exchanges with impressions, sentiments, and reactions that enrich. Here are three such illustrations. As Tom tries to process his first interaction with Greg, she described the meeting as "so awkward, so u [...]

    10. A sweet slow-burn of a story told with gorgeous imagery of Sonoma Valley and an intimate look at the art of wine making, the highlight of this novel is definitely the developing relationship between Tom and Greg. Reading this novel is like an intricately orchestrated experience. Finnegan pairs romance and the joy of learning another person, falling in love with them and place, and adds notes of humor, the heavier tones of angst and miscommunication, and settles it all in a satisfying conclusion. [...]

    11. Sotto Voce is a spectacularly lovely romance story, with an extremely interesting subplot involving the world of wine-making. From the start, I was drawn into the very well-developed character of Tom Baldwin, a nationally revered wine critic. When Tom agrees to move from his beloved New York to live for a year on assignment in California wine country, he does not realize that this move will turn out to be such a pivotal event in his life, not only professionally, but personally.Tom’s assignmen [...]

    12. I'm no expert. Wine and music are two things I appreciate and enjoy wholeheartedly, but I do so without much of an understanding of the technicalities -- of the underlying processes that give the end results I love so much.Author Erin Finnegan, through her characters -- wine columnist Tom and wine maker Greg -- has taught me a little more about both, through Greg's use of musical terms to name his wines. (A glossary at the end of the book helped, too.) Along the way, they each learn a little, to [...]

    13. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Sotto Voce a few weeks ago, and I'm so pleased I can finally review it, because it is SO GOOD!Erin Finnegan has a gentle, restrained writing style that packs a real punch - every word; every scene has depth and meaning, which makes it such a pleasure to read.Tom Baldwin is the wound-too-tight wine critic who is forced by his boss to spend a year in Sonoma/Napa reviewing the wines of the region, and he's none too happy about it. He's not the only one [...]

    14. Beautifully writtenI have to say reading this was a true pleasure. With every word I was transported into Napa Valley, the Sonoma Hills and streets. I felt the sunshine on my face and I smelled the grapes on the vines. I fell in love with the male leads and appreciated their journey. This was so thoroughly written I am forever a fan of this author. We done.

    15. I loved this so much! The romance had such a beautiful slow build and the tension was just perfect. The author's love and experience of wines really showed through and blended really well with the characters and romance. I just really loved this a lot and I just want to wallow in it a bit more. It's so beautiful.

    16. Here’s a story after my own heart: writer from New York, transplanted to the West Coast, with wine involved. It’s what I hope for my own life, too.The longer, clearer version: Thomas Baldwin is the private but well-known wine editor for Taste magazine. He’s based in New York (even though our wines out here aren’t the best, I admit), but gets transplanted to Napa/Sonoma wine country in California for a year to review wineries and run a contest for his magazine. He lives long-term in a hot [...]

    17. Review also posted on The Bookish Raven 3.5/5 stars.Sotto Voce started off slowly for me. There were a few times where I considered quitting it, but there story and the setting intrigued me and compelled me to keep reading. And am I glad I did. Sotto Voce was a sweet love story with a setting that was obviously well-researched. It's definitely one of my favourites.The best part of this book, in my opinion, was its setting. Sotto Voce mostly takes place in Northern California's Sonoma county, hom [...]

    18. This book had some pros and definite cons, but overall a fun, light read. I loved everything about the wine. The author clearly knows her stuff about wine and it really showed. So much so that it convinced me to buy wine that I could drink while reading it - and I have never actually liked wine. So that was fun. The plot and the characters though? Not so great. Nothing really ever happened with the plot. There was a lot of potential for conflict brought up, but it never actually turned into anyt [...]

    19. It's funny, I almost gave up on this story at about 30% into it, or at least thought I'd take a break from reading it. But I kept on, and I'm so glad I did because I just LOVED the second half of this story, and I finished it all in one sitting late last night. One thing I can say with certainty is that the author sure does know her wine! The writing, the info and background about Napa and Sonoma, of the wineries and what goes on there, was just really interesting to read about. I loved the arti [...]

    20. A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 starsWhat drew me to this book was the wine country and the promise of romance within that setting. Sotto Voce is foremost a story about wine and less about romance. The book is well written and clearly researched by an author that is well versed in the area and the subject. But, the majority of the book is about wine making, wine tasting, wine marketing, wine articles, wine judges, vine growing, pruning, and one demanding boss added to the mix. There is not much roma [...]

    21. 4.5 starsI have to say I haven't read a whole lot of m/m books, not for lack of wanting to but simply because they have not crossed my path. I got this book while I was at RT this past weekend and my goodness am I glad that I got it. it was so beautifully written. The story line flowed so well. It was super informative on wine and the terminology. I do have to say that I would have liked a little more character development it seems to me that some of the supporting characters were more developed [...]

    22. A delicious, interesting love story with intense chemistry. I certainly enjoyed reading this quite a lot, and found all the tidbits and details about wine making to be way more interesting than I anticipated! Finnegan is a skillful writer who has created a deeply absorbing universe that I look forward to dipping into time and again.

    23. I don't have any ties to the writer or the publishing company but I had read the original story in fan fiction form. I think it has translated well as I could begin to picture the characters as original creations, and not just the actors that inspired them. The only quibble I had with it was that I felt Tom didn't have enough of a backstory.

    24. This was a delectably sweet read. I know very little about wine, so I suspect quit a bit of the more intricate layers were lost on me, but it was a nice story all the same. Recommended for romance and wine lovers alike.

    25. I recently bought several wine-themed novels to take along on vacation to Napa, and this was the stand-out. It's elegantly written by someone who clearly knows wine, but more than that, it was a well-paced and believable romance. Five stars.

    26. I loved this book. It's beautifully written: romantic without the schmaltz, sexy without the cliches. I loved the build-up, that it takes its time getting where the relationship is destined to go, because it makes the pay off so, so good. Highly recommended.

    27. Hmm. Fantastically written story. Romance was kind of stilted or lukewarm to me but the writing, detail and word crafting is so great, I didn't care. I could see everything vividly and felt a lot of attention and passion was given to the subject matter.

    28. Confession time: I don't drink wine. To me, it smells vile, and it tastes like rotten grapes, only extra bitter. I much prefer fresh grapes. So an entire story about wine tasting? How could that ever appeal to me?Well, it helps if you offer me interesting main characters, and they are :-) Add a blunt matchmaker, a rival, a competition, a dash of pride and prejudice and some other roadblocks that keep them from being and staying together, and I'm hooked.This is a wonderful story. Take a sniff, ta [...]

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