Like a complex wine, this book impressed itself upon me in stages. First there was the visual appeal: the art work glows, the paper is of high quality, and the price is reasonable for a coffee table book in a portable size. Second, I looked again and found that the anecdotes and history were as classic as the artwork. Then I read more carefully and appreciated what I learned about the wines of Champagne, but I took it as whimsy. Finally I settled down to serious reading and discovered things about the winemaking process and human health that were new and intriguing. I mean, who knew that Champagne's lithium content contributed to its antidepressant powers?
The book was prepared lovingly - the authors know their stuff and no doubt drink it too. This is the sort of book one buys as a gift and then goes back and buys for oneself, or vice versa. David W. Bodenberg