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The Finest Wines Of Champagne [Paperback]

Michael Edwards
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Book Description

25 Aug 2009

Winner of the International Wine Book of the Year award at the prestigious Louise Roederer Wine Writers Awards 2010.

As arguably the most glamorous wine in the world, Champagne’s popularity has soared over the past decade. A mainstay of weddings, victory parties and New Year’s Eve festivities, Champagne is often a witness to our most celebratory moments. It is, however, also a wine boasting greater diversity than we might think.

Whilst most people are familiar with fewer than a dozen brands of Champagne, there are in fact over 21,000 producers, many of whom market their own vintages. Whilst not as widely available as brands such as Moët, Lanson or Cristal, these producers provide some of the finest Champagnes sought after by connoisseurs.

This magnificent guide, published in conjunction with Fine Wine magazine, looks at the history of Champagne, contains tips and ideas on how best to appreciate it and has a comprehensive glossary of the top producers.

The Finest Wines of Champagne is a must-have for all wine connoisseurs and is an invaluable guide for people looking to explore the world of Champagne. This book is part of Aurum’s prestigious Finest Wines series whose books on Wines of Tuscany, Bordeaux and Rioja have received acclaim at the André Simon Awards and the Gourmand Wine Book Awards.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 Aug 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1845134869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134860
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The photographs…are enough to sell the books on their own…. Engagingly written’

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‘A handsome example…of book-making. Well-paced and informative style. Thoroughly recommended’

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About the Author

Michael Edwards worked in the wine trade, then as chief inspector of the Egon Ronay Guide. He has concentrated on gastronomy and on the wines of Champagne for the past 20 years and is author of the bestselling Champagne Companion (winner of Le Prix Lanson), and The Finest Wines of Champagne: A Guide to the Best Cuvées, Houses and Growers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bubbling with joy 5 Dec 2010
By Hande Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER
There are many books on champagne guides. Micheal Edwards has not only produced one of the most up-to-date one but also one of the most enjoyable to read. It is not as unwieldy as Stevenson's "World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine" (2003) or as compact as Eric Glatre's "Champagne Guide" (1999) or his own "The Champagne Companion" (1994) it's smaller than the iPad but thicker and slightly heavier. What makes it stand out apart from the very useful history of the champagne houses, this book has well taken photographs of the champagne makers and the vineyards - puts a face to the name. It also has the very useful information about the best champagne of each house and a neat table of the "champagne" years, with recommendations as to whether to drink or to hold. Cheers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read with useful anecdotal information 2 Feb 2010
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An insightful book into the area of Champagne-Ardenne and the history.
Covers the grape varieties. Highlights the key growing areas.
A useful explanation of the blending and how Champagne is produced. Although this is covered in more depth in other books.
Reads more than like a novel than a "dry" Reference book - which makes it better!
Has interesting anecdotes about the area, the history and the producers.
Then follows Area/ Producer sections which the author views as making great Champagne.
Nice to find a book where the author does more than recap the "Sales Blurb" that you get from the large houses.
Recommended! And useful if you intend to visit the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Froth and Substance 20 Nov 2010
See my review of The Finest Wines of Bordeaux for general comments about this series of books which I like greatly. There have been criticisms elsewhere, especially relating to The Finest Wines of Tuscany that there is too much concentration on the individuals but for me those individuals and in many cases their dynasties are often key to the style and nature of the wines and therefore should be at the forefront of any story about wine. This seems to be even more apposite with Champagne Houses. These books are not for the beginner but if you have more than a passing interest in wine you should find this series a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Oct 2010
By emma
This is an excellent book. It is full of information on all variety of Champagne, from little known houses to mass production. A must for all Champagne drinkers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book 11 Feb 2010
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Michael Edwards sets out to profile the top producers from across the Champagne region. The book is wide ranging and contains a lot of helpful, in depth background information about champagne production and the region today, but at the same time it is very readable and accessible. The profiles of producers are insightful and the photography is beautiful throughout.

A really lovely book - and a must for anyone interested in going beyond the label on their fizz.
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