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Pinot Envy

2.76 of 5 stars 2.76  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Meet Woody Robins, a bon vivant, devil-may-care wine guru who specializes in investigatory work involving rare artifacts of a vinous nature. Amidst the backdrop of world-famous Napa, California wine country, and upbeat, cosmopolitan "city by the bay" San Francisco, Woody finds he's bitten off more than he can chew when hired by a wealthy grape grower to retrieve his stolen...more
Published July 16th 2013 by Bancroft Press (first published June 18th 2013)
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I like fun whodunits set in California wine country, but this one doesn't clear even my low bar. Pinot Envy really should not have seen the light of day.

The author lacks fundamental technical writing ability, and his editor apparently did nothing to help him.

The book is rife with illusion-spoiling details - like a residential garbage collection spoiling a nighttime car chase in San Francisco (SF garbage trucks are not allowed to collect at night and never do so). Also timing errors (culprits i...more
I thought the book started off a little slow, but after a while it picked up and got more interesting. I liked the characters, they were a bit off-beat and that made them fun to follow.The theme of the book was lighter than most of the murder/mystery books I read , and it was nice to read a “calmer” book. The author gives you a little bit of everything. There’s mystery, murder, theft, romance and more.

If you like a murder mystery with a not so violent story line, this book fits that description.
Would actually give it 2 1/2 stars. I just didn't care about who the culprit was. And the sleuth annoyed me - his constanly comparing the man who hired him to his father, his getting too scared too often if he's really going to solve a crime. Even the final scene was a bit over the top for me.

I did like that it was about a missing bottle of wine. Though even after I said that a dead body would liven it up a bit and that dead body appeared, it still didn't really grab me.
Julie H.
Pinot Envy, a mystery by Edward Finstein, a noted wine expert, appraiser, guide, and teacher, is a disappointing first outing. The basic concept is quite clever: a double magnum of Grand Cru burgundy once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte has been stolen from a Napa Valley vintner's vault. In need of a major cash infusion Woodrow "Woody" Robins, a San Francisco-based wine guru, is called in to investigate. So far, so good.

Where things begin to fray is with our incompetent and unsympathetic antihero. W...more
Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein is 2013 Bancroft Press publication. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Woody, a wine expert and sleuth is hired to discover who stole a valuable bottle of wine from a safe that couldn't be breached. The wealthy man, James McCall who hires Woody is an abrupt, pushy man, widowed with adult twin daughters, and a married sister that has a few money issues and a husband with gambling problems. The entire estate and all the...more
Full disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Wine guru Woody Robins is asked to investigate the theft of a very valuable bottle of wine. Along the way he deals with relationship issues with his girlfriend.
The story itself was interesting - valuable bottle of wine goes missing - from a seemingly impregnable vault with a wide cast of characters who could have been involved.
However (and this is just what I like) I prefer a story that builds rather than a story that starts halfway into...more
Wine expert, Woody Robins, is called to investigate the theft of a rare bottle of red burgundy from an estate in the Napa Valley area. Woody figures this would be a great way to earn some extra money to help his aunt who is in desperate need for surgery. However, this case turns out to be anything but easy.

Woody’s investigation takes him in several directions and introduces him to a group of quirky characters – each with a reason to want the wine for themselves. However, things take a nasty turn...more
The history of wine fascinates me, as do the characters that are often associated with the modern wine world. These two facets are what led me to read Pinot Envy by Edward Finstein. A bottle of wine with unbelievable historical significance has gone missing from a prominent Napa Valley Estate, and Woody Robins is hired to solve the case. Woody is not your typical investigator, in credentials, in approach, or in style. His quirky attitude and dress often make him stand out rather than blend into...more
I really loved this book and read it in two sittings. I am not a big mystery reader but this book hooked me right away. The characters are fun and the book takes you on a wild ride through Napa and San Francisco. I thought it was the perfect read for a few lazy summer days at the beach. What really made me like this book is that after reading it, I feel like I came out knowing a little more about wine. So not only was it fun, I actually am a small step closer to becoming a wine aficionado (parti...more
Wine expert Woody Robins is hired to find a bottle of wine that was stolen in an "impossible" theft. Woody knows that an insider in wealthy James McCall's circle must have helped with the robbery--one of his beautiful twin daughters, one of the servants, his sister or brother-in-law, one of the friends who was having dinner with him when the theft was discovered. McCall resents the very suggestion, however, and throws up roadblocks to Woody's investigation. Soon, there's a murder in question, to...more
Carol Stanley-Snow
BOOK RECEIVED/WON THROUGH GOODREADS.COM. This is a fabulous read. As the title has murder, mayhem and mystery. It is of the finast caliber!!!!!!!

Mr Finstein has woven a tale of intrigue and threw in some super humor to make it a fine story. And he (Woody Robins) is a snappy dresser!

The referances to wine are a bonus and any wino will appreciate this book! LOL.
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Edward Finstein, a.k.a. “The Wine Doctor,” is an internationally recognized wine expert. He is the award-winning author of “Ask the Wine Doctor.” A TV and radio host, he is a renowned journalist writing for numerous newspapers, magazines and on the Internet in North America and abroad. As an international wine judge, he travels the world judging in competitions. Edward is also a Professor of Wine...more
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