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Champagne : A Global History : The Edible Series - Becky Sue Epstein

Champagne : A Global History

The Edible Series


Published: 1st September 2011
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From the smash of a bottle on the side of a new ship to the pop of the cork at a New Year’s Eve party champagne signals celebration, fun, and camaraderie all over the world. Bubbly, as we affectionately call it, is a symbol of luxury and decadence and the go-to drink whenever there is an important toast. This history from Becky Sue Epstein is a celebration of the world’s most celebratory drink. Here, Epstein chronicles champagne’s story, from the world’s first sparkling wine, produced in Limoux, Languedoc, in 1531 by monks at an abbey in Saint-Hilaire to the celebrities who made champagnes famous and continue to do so today— from Dom Perignon to the widow Veuve Cliquot. Most important, Epstein fully explains the distinction between champagne and sparkling wine. In this informative chronicle, she answers whether French champagne is really better than other sparkling wines and elucidates the science behind that characteristic fizz and bubble. She takes the reader on a tour of vineyards in wine regions around the world and teaches the correct techniques for storing and serving champagne and sparkling wines. Whether you prefer magnums of Cristal or the affordable thrill of Cold Duck, Champagne is an invaluable complement to any bubbly glass and an informative, elegant gift for connoisseurs, beginners, and wine lovers of all kinds.

'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 'A sparkling history of the world's greatest wine. Stories, pictures and mouth-watering cocktails' - The Lady 'Champagne is an invaluable complement to a glass of bubbly as well as an informative, elegant gift for all wine lovers.' - Intermezzo 'an entertaining look at the world's most celebratory beverage. Pop a cork and enjoy a flute 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.' - PalatePress.com

Bubbling Up to the Top: Champagne and Other Great Sparkling Winesp. 7
The Origins of Champagnep. 16
The Cult and Culture of Champagnep. 26
Champagne is Establishedp. 34
Sparkling Wine Producers Around the Worldp. 49
Wars, Society and Taste: Stresses on Champagne in the Twentieth Centuryp. 66
Style, Styles and Stylishnessp. 89
Scandale! Expanding Champagne Around the Worldp. 96
Drinking Today: What, Where and Howp. 100
Champagne Rules: Buying, Storing, Servingp. 111
What to Have with your Champagne and Sparkling Winep. 121
Classic Cocktail Recipes for Champagne and Sparkling Winep. 123
Select Bibliographyp. 126
Websites and Associationsp. 127
Acknowledgementsp. 129
Photo Acknowledgementsp. 130
Indexp. 131
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ISBN: 9781861898579
ISBN-10: 1861898576
Series: Edible
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st September 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.31