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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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“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.—PalatePress.com

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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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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: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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