If you're going to write a novel about the wine business in France, you have to know your wines. And Peter Mayle does. Knopf asked booksellers to participate in a special contest and offered a case of his picks for great bottles of wine as a prize. If you'd like to try them out, here they are:

Santa Duc Selection
Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau
'Les Blovac' 2001
"The biggest, most virile and muscular effort is the 2001 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Rasteau Vieilles Vignes Les Blovac. A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah, it boasts a black/purple color in addition to copious quantities of chocolate, creosote, and earthy notes, rustic tannin, and considerable substance that stains the palate. Drink it over the next 7-10 years." -Robert Parker *

Jean Luc Colombo
Cotes du Rhone Blanc
'Les Fuguieres' 2002
With an intense robe and aromas of flowers and fresh fruits, this beauty is nicely rounded, fat and fresh and suprises with its complexity and lively structure.*

* From sherry-lehmann.com

Find out who won on Knopf's Bookseller Services page.

Also available in hardcover.