Join us for a book talk and champagne tasting featuring Ann Mah, local food and travel writer, and Christian Holthausen, Export Sales & International Communications Director at Champagne AR Lenoble! Ann and Christian will be discussing Ann’s new novel THE LOST VINTAGE, as well as the legacy and future of French winemaking, and AR Lenoble’s pioneering efforts in the face of climate change. A tasting of AR Lenoble’s Champagne will also be offered, and we can’t wait..
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 II
To 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 be her last. Suddenly finding herself without a job and with the test a few months away, she travels to Burgundy, to spend the fall at the vineyard estate that has belonged to her family for generations. There she can bolster her shaky knowledge of Burgundian vintages and reconnect with her cousin Nico and his wife Heather, who now oversee the grapes’ day-to-day management. The one person Kate hopes to avoid is Jean-Luc, a neighbor vintner and her first love.
At the vineyard house, Kate is eager to help her cousins clean out the enormous basement that is filled with generations of discarded and forgotten belongings. Deep inside the cellar, behind a large armoire, she discovers a hidden room containing a cot, some Resistance pamphlets, and an enormous cache of valuable wine. Piqued by the secret space, Kate begins to dig into her family’s history–a search that takes her back to the dark days of the Second World War and introduces her to a relative she never knew existed, a great half-aunt who was teenager during the Nazi occupation.
As she learns more about her family, the line between Resistance and Collaboration blurs, driving Kate to find the answers to two crucial questions: Who, exactly, did her family aid during the difficult years of the war? And what happened to six valuable bottles of wine that seem to be missing from the cellar’s collection?
Ann Mah is a food and travel writer based in Paris and Washington, DC. She is the author of the food memoir Mastering the Art of French Eating, and a novel, Kitchen Chinese. She regularly contributes to the New York Times’ Travel section and she has written for Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue.com, BonAppetit.com, Washingtonian magazine, and other media outlets.
A dual citizen of France and the United States, Christian Holthausen has been in charge of export
sales and international communications at Champagne AR Lenoble since December 2014.
Prior to joining Champagne AR Lenoble, Holthausen spent seven years as the International House
Communications Director for Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck in Reims. He
previously spent five years managing the wine portfolio of Rémy Cointreau USA in New York after starting his career at Champagne Veuve Clicquot in 1999.
Outside of his role at Champagne AR Lenoble, Holthausen contributes articles about food, wine and
travel to a variety of publications including Decanter, The Guardian, www.jancisrobinson.com and
The World of Fine Wine in the United Kingdom as well as Meininger’s Wine Business International in
Germany. In 2017, he was shortlisted for Emerging Wine Writer of the Year at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards.