THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 2014-2015
By Tyson Stelzer
A beautiful and definitive guide to the world’s best champagne. The Champagne Guide celebrates the craft of champagne creation and the people behind making the wine in your glass smell, taste, and bubble like no other. More than 400 champagnes have been reviewed and rated, all of the latest, freshest releases, and all tasted recently, and each champagne is assessed independently with honest, eloquent descriptions. Almost 100 champagne producers have been rated and profiled, from the smallest growers to the largest houses, and a Champagne Hall of Honor ranks the best producers and acknowledges the most important wines in the book. Tyson has also written chapters on the current issues facing Champagne, from global warming and expanding boundaries to excessive yields and the antiquated cru system.
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THE WIDOW CLICQUOT
By Tilar J. Mazzeo
The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.
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WINE & WAR
By Donald and Petie Kladstrup
In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.
THE CHAMPAGNE COUNTRY
By Robert Tomes
This restored classic chronicles Robert Tomes’ visit to Reims and its neighboring towns, where he encountered the original pioneers of champagne.
THE OXFORD COMPANION TO WINE
By Jancis Robinson
Published in 1994 to worldwide acclaim, the first edition of Jancis Robinson’s seminal volume, The Oxford Companion to Wine, immediately attained legendary status. The book has won every major wine book award including the Glenfiddich and Julia Child/IACP awards, and Robinson hasa received writer and woman of the year accolades for its editor on both sides of the Atlantic. Combining meticulously-researched fact with refreshing opinion and wit, The Oxford Companion to Wine offers almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, connoisseurs, growers, and tasters in wine through the ages; from viticulture and oenology to the history of wine. Tracing the consumption and production from the ancient world to the present day, the Companion is a remarkable resource for gaining further appreciation for a beverage whose popularity has only increased with time.
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WINE GRAPES
By Jancis Robinson
Wine enthusiasts everywhere rejoice! Wine Grapes provides absolutely everything the connoisseur wants to know about the succulent, remarkable fruit that care, love, skill, and time transform into humankind’s most beloved beverage—and presents it all in a stunningly beautiful, gorgeously illustrated package. The dazzling co-creation of Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s best known wine authorities, Julia Harding, who passed the Master of Wine exams at the top of her class, and internationally renowned botanist José Vouillamoz, Wine Grapes is the first complete compendium in more than a century to all grape varieties relevant to the wine lover. An exquisite gift book—and a must-own for anyone in the food and wine industry—Wine Grapes charts the relationships of the grapes (with some astounding family trees), discusses in fascinating detail where and how they are grown, and, most importantly, what the wines made from them will ultimately taste like.
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