When an old friend from the Marine Corps is jailed for the murder of an influential wine critic, exotic wine merchant Sebastian Carroll must vie with secret societies and ruthless suspects to reveal the dark mystery behind what has happened. Set amid the world-renowned vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley, this first installment in the "Master of Wine" series tracks the diabolical chain of events where a single murder in the wine country draws a former military intelligence officer toward an abyss of international mystery and intrigue.
Matthew McDonald is a certified sommelier who has worked in the wine industry for more than a decade. He's traveled the world in search of wine-related experiences, striving to discover unique qualities particular to each individual region. It is this special sense of place that he conveys to readers as they embark upon an extended mystery set among the world's most famous wine venues.