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Product Details

  • Series: Reaktion Books - Edible
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861898576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861898579
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“A fun, smartly written series appropriate for a popular audience that likes to eat . . . the Edible series books provide level-headed and enjoyable overviews of food culture . . . These will create a little library that any foodie will be proud to show off . . . aesthetically pleasing volumes with decent content that would make good presents.”
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“This short volume, wittily illustrated and beautifully designed, is a pleasure both to look at and to consume. Which, given the subject matter, seems fitting.”

(The Spectator)

Champagne is an invaluable complement to a glass of bubbly as well as an informative, elegant gift for all wine lovers.”


“An entertaining look at the world’s most celebratory beverage. Pop a cork and enjoy a flûte of our favorite bubbly while brushing up on champagne lore.”

(The Tasting Panel)

“With the holidays around the corner, now might be a good time to brush up on your Champagne facts. Epstein’s book, slim and elegant like a flute of sparkling wine, is brimming with information, from the essential—the evolution of Champagne—to the esoteric.—


About the Author

Becky Sue Epstein is a journalist, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel. She is based in New England.

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More amazing sipping-and-traveling went into BRANDY: A GLOBAL HISTORY. From Cognac and Armagnac in France to Jerez, Spain to Armenia and Georgia -- really! Then home for more research and writing, and sipping of course. The book is published in the fall, a great time to get started on your own brandy research...
CHAMPAGNE: A GLOBAL HISTORY. Wow, was that research tough. I had to sample all the sparkling wines in the world. (I wish!) Prosecco, Cava, Cap Classique too. Being a bit geeky, I loved the historical research, too. The hardest part about writing the book was packing it all in to this tiny tome -- with pictures!
The major update of my SUBSTITUTING INGREDIENTS book was published last year. In a way, I'm not surprised that this classic reference continues to be popular - I use it myself all the time. One of the reasons I wrote it is because I couldn't remember all this stuff when I'm cooking and baking, and I wanted to have it all in one place.
I discovered an amazing, worldwide community of avid lighthouse supporters while writing THE AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSE COOKBOOK (with Chef Ed Jackson). I also learned so much about American history as well as local foods from all the coasts of the United States. Still, the lighthouse fans continue to amaze me with their devotion to preservation, lore, and all things lighthouse.

twitter @BeckySueEpstein website

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Halley Suitt on October 14, 2011
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This is a lovely little book, full of solid historical information, as well as funny, trendy modern details of champagne about and why we love it. I thought I knew a lot about the region, Champagne, and the beverage, champagne, but then I read Ms. Epstein's book and found out how much more there was to know. I plan to buy a few copies of the book, get some baskets and put a book and bottle in each, tie them up with a ribbon and then I'll have handy gifts for the holiday season. Now wait, does Amazon sell champagne?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marisa D'vari on February 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In today's busy world this fact-filled book is just the thing when you are at a wine store searching for the perfect bottle to bring to a party, or more important, the "story" behind the bottle! Or at a restaurant, you can zip past those $300 bottles of fine champagne and find an excellent Spanish or Italian sparkler for under $30. The writer has a fun style that engages the reader and keeps one interest.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victoria McKee on November 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's amazing how much information, anecdote and effervescence is packed into this compact, champagne-coloured, volume by wine and spirits expert Becky Sue Epstein.

Compelling reading that celebrates while also demystifying the mystique of champagne, this is an accessible and entertaining book that should appeal to connoisseurs and beginner bubbly-lovers alike.

Epstein manages to take the guilt out of buying inexpensive sparkling wine by pointing out that champagne is, after all, ONLY a sparkling wine - dignified by its colourful history and careful marketing by the fiercely protective producers in the Champagne region of France.

She made me feel better about what I'd previously seen as settling for a sparkling wine such as a Spanish 'Cava' - or a Californian 'Brut' that I've learned from this book uses the same grapes as champagne. So now if friends seem to look down their noses as my bubbles go up them I can quote chapter and verse to show them that there is no excuse for being a champagne snob. This is an ideal gift book for actual or aspiring lovers of the good life.
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