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Champagne: A Global History (Edible) Hardcover – October 15, 2011
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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.”
“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.”
“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
About the Author
Becky Sue Epstein is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, foods, and travel. She is an editor at PalatePress.com, The Tasting Panel, and Intermezzo Magazine and is the author of, among other books, Champagne: A Global History, also published by Reaktion Books. She lives in New England.
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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.