Eight Hundred Grapes is a new book by Laura Dave. It is also noted by one of the characters that 800 is the number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine. Additional information regarding vineyards and vintages is woven into the story which involves the owners of a small winery in California and their family. It covers the current status of their relationships with each other, their past histories, their hopes, dreams and desires. There are tensions and issues touching everyone. From all this we see that successfully working to make wine is a tricky, vulnerable business, with its parallel in the even more delicate challenges of successfully making relationships work.
The author includes a few touches of humor, however, I found some of the dialogue between her characters a little awkward to follow. That might be my fault as a reader, but I wonder if the flow might be better. If this book were a wine, I would describe it as light with fleeting undertones of deeper flavor, but not full-bodied, rich and mellow. After finishing it I felt it would be ideal for a Hallmark Channel movie.
The book is due to come out in June 2015.