Best-selling author James Conaway celebrates his new novel “Nose” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Raymond Vineyards.

The story is set in a “gorgeous wine valley in Northern California,” and its hero is an egotistical wine critic who becomes involved in a dangerous series of events involving scandal, redemption and love as he investigates the origins of a superb cabernet he discovered during a blind tasting.

Jean-Charles Boisset, proprietor of Raymond Vineyards, said, “James Conaway masterfully blends his love for food, wine and place into a decadent and whimsical novel of mystery, wine and undeniable passion. This book is meant to be opened and enjoyed with a glass of bubbles, of course!”

A wine reception will be hosted in The Red Room, Raymond’s private lounge, where guests will have the opportunity to meet Conaway, purchase a book and have it signed.  

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Conaway is known for his two nonfiction books about the Napa Valley: “Napa: The Story of an American Eden” and “The Far Side of Eden.”

Limited space is available and RSVPs are required. To RSVP for the event, email or call  963-6925. Raymond Vineyards is at 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena.