The foremost wine critic in France died doing what he loved – to strange extremes. Three years ago his body was found strung up like a scarecrow in a Gaillac vineyard, dressed in the ceremonial robes of the Order of the Divine Bottle and pickled in wine.
For ex-pat Scot and forensic forager Enzo Macleod, the answer lies in cracking the critic’s secretly coded reviews – which on publication could make or break a vineyard’s reputation.
He finds that under the sweet idyll of southern French winery lurks a bitter, back-stabbing community – including several suspects for the critic’s death. One of whom is prepared to kill again to keep their secret bottled up.