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Cognac (Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library) Hardcover – 15 Apr 2004


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (15 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840009039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840009033
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Faith is one of the best-known financial journalists in the UK.His firstwine book, The Winemasters,was published in 1978 and won the André Simonaward.He has written other well-received works on Champagne and on majorBordeaux châteaux, including The Winemasters of Bordeaux.He was editorial directorof the leading French wine magazine L'Amateur de Bordeaux.His previous title onthe subject, Cognac,was critically acclaimed in both the UK and the USA.He is alsothe author of Australia's Liquid Gold in this same series, and he writes for numerousmagazines and newspapers, including the Financial Times.Nicholas lives in London.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
The next stage book for wine lovers. After the wine, then the cognac. Nicholas Faith takes the reader through the topic with seriousness and frivolity. If you want to know the secrets of a good cognac, this book tells you. And it's fun to read.
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A fascinating history, not a "drinker's guide" 27 Sep 2007
By James Kittock - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently got "into" cognac and ordered this book to further my understanding of this ambrosial elixir. While not quite what I'd hoped for, the book turned out to be much more interesting than I had expected.

The book starts with an overview of the making of cognac, including information about the geography of the Cognac region and how it influences the quality of the brandies produced in the various sub-region This is followed by a detailed history of the region and the drink. I found Nicholas Faith's writing about the trials and tribulations of Cognac to be to be quite engaging. At the end, there is a short section on the enjoyment of cognac, followed by a listing of cognac houses and very terse comments on their various cognacs (just a few words each).

My only disappointment is that I was hoping for more a "drinker's guide" to Cognac with detailed reviews, something along the lines of the books the late Michael Jackson wrote about beer and whiskey. I'm thinking that Cognac (Mitchell Beazley Drink) might be more what I was looking for, so I'll order it next.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hits the heart of topic 9 Nov 2013
By James Kulisek Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great history of classic spirit, large focus on history less on manufacture, includes info on legal requirements of French government concerning spirit distillation
This book is a VSOP 3 Sep 2014
By Tyler Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Book pertaining to what seems like portions of the History of cognac. Seemed a little lacking. Does a lot to introduce people, companies, rules that have influenced the history of the drink up to this point. Would like to have seen a more comprehensive list of the companies producing the spirit today, as it left out a ton, however I also learned of some new houses so... :). Overall, a worthy purchase for only the cognac enthused.
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