Wine Novelist Steven Laine Announces the Release of His New Book ‘Dragonvine’

Steven Laine, Wine Scholar and author of ‘Root Cause’, has announced the release of his new book Dragonvine.

Steven Laine is known for writing edge-of-your-seat wine thrillers. Here is the synopsis for his new book Dragonvine:

When his father dies in a wildfire, Carmine Cooper takes over the family winery in the middle of harvest, putting his dreams of becoming an architect on hold. He soon finds himself fighting with a vengeful neighbor, blackmailed by a local gang, harassed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities, and the target of an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives) investigation.

Carmine’s only hope to solve his problems and finish his first solo vintage successfully rests in identifying an unknown grape variety his father grew and made into wine for a quarter century with links to an ancient Chinese grape variety and the First Emperor of China.

Can Carmine save his father’s legacy, his family, the winery, and his first harvest before it’s too late?


About the Author:

Steven Laine, Wine Scholar and author of ‘Root Cause’, is an award-winning restaurateur and hotelier. He’s travelled the world working in luxury hotels and visiting hundreds of wineries – in Napa, Sonoma, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Lebanon, Australia and South Africa. He has worked two harvests at Canadian wineries as a winemaker-cellarman at Mission Hill Family Estate (2020) and at Trius (2021). His circle of friends is made up of winemakers, Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, restaurant managers, and wine distributors from all over the globe.

His debut novel Root Cause (Turner Publishing, February 2019) has received rave reviews from book reviewers and wine enthusiasts alike, with Kirkus calling it ‘an entertaining, wine-soaked mystery.’

In Root Cause, Steven Laine pairs his experience in the wine industry with his passion for writing and world travel to create a mysterious international thriller.

“Root Cause is a pithy, pitch-perfect story… Having traveled to over one hundred vineyards and wineries, and after many years of working in the wine industry, it’s safe to say that Laine knows his grapes. Root Cause is the perfect application of Laine’s extensive knowledge of vineyards, and is, to boot, a thoroughly researched story that will both educate and entertain readers.” — ★★★★★ – Red City Review

Can you imagine a world without wine?

Corvina Guerra is a flying winemaker who dreams of one day settling down in her native Italy on her family’s vineyard. On a visit to a vineyard in Italy, Corvina makes a startling discovery: Phylloxera, a menacing plant louse that devastated vineyards in Europe more than a hundred years ago, has infested the vines.

After reporting her findings to her company, Universal Wines, Corvina is charged with investigating the spread of the bug. Nicknamed Philomena by the media, the aphid is soon discovered in vineyards around the world. To aid in her investigation, Corvina recruits a wine expert in London, Bryan Lawless. In pursuit of its origins, Corvina and Bryan embark on a thrilling globetrot on which they uncover that Philomena is being intentionally spread.

The deeper Corvina and Bryan search, the more they become convinced that Universal Wines holds the answer to everything, and the harder they pursue their investigation the more surprises pile up.

In spite of devastating consequences, Corvina and Bryan vow to continue their investigation and do what they can to contain the spread of the infestation – but time is running short and they always seem to be a step behind. Unless they can find a way to stop the Philomena  – vineyards around the world will be ruined for decades; potentially causing the collapse of the wine industry. Can Corvina and Bryan get to the root cause and save the international wine industry from ruin?

Readers can connect with Steven Laine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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