Champagne: A Global History

Author(s): Becky Sue Epstein


Everyone loves 'bubbly'. From the smash of a bottle on the side of a new ship to the pop of the cork at a gathering, champagne signals celebration, fun and camaraderie, all over the world. This book is for those who not only enjoy champagne but who'd like to learn more about it. Becky Sue Epstein chronicles this most ebullient style of wine. She reveals its history and the celebrities who made champagnes famous early on and continue to do so today - from Dom Perignon to the widow Veuve Cliquot - and tells us about the world's first sparkling wine, produced in Limoux, Languedoc, in 1531, by monks at an abbey in Saint-Hilaire. She also discusses the difference between champagne and sparkling wine. Is French champagne really better than other sparkling wines? How does the wine get fizzy? And why does it stay that way? Epstein takes us on a tour of vineyards of wine regions around the world and teaches us the correct techniques for storing and serving champagne and sparkling wines. A concise yet global history of luxury imbibing and everyday, affordable sparkling wine, this "Champagne" is an invaluable complement to a glass of bubbly as well as an informative, elegant gift for connoisseurs, beginners and all wine lovers.


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'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.' -

Becky Sue Epstein is a journalist, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel. She is based in New England.

General Fields

  • : 9781861898579
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : 0.313
  • : August 2011
  • : 197mm X 120mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Becky Sue Epstein
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 641.2224
  • : General Adult
  • : 136
  • : 60 illustrations, 30 in colour