The story of champagne

The story of champagne

By: Nicholas Faith

Publication date: August 2016
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984791
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902370

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The new edition of Nicholas Faith’s landmark The story of champagne is written from the wine-makers’ point of view. This masterpiece of story-telling and analysis that has for decades excited readers about the different types of champagne and the landscape, geology and climate that inspire them also contains an up-to-date evaluation of wines.

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It is extraordinary enough that only one small area in north eastern France, on the northern edge of Europe’s wine-growing regions, should be capable of producing the finest sparkling wine in the world, one of the few worth discussing as wine and not merely as a sparkling beverage. Yet champagne fascinates not only wine lovers, but also historians – social, economic, political – linguists, physiologists, physicists and chemists.

The long-awaited new edition of Nicholas Faith’s landmark The story of champagne tells the story of champagne from the wine-makers’ point of view. This classic study of the world’s greatest wine is a masterpiece of storytelling and analysis that has for decades sent readers away with renewed excitement about the different types of champagne and the landscape, geology and climate that inspire them.

Organized in four sections The story of champagne examines the history of champagne from its origins in the seventeenth century to the hi-tech industry of the twenty-first before examining the wine itself, how it is made, the crus, the vines and the harvest. The third section provides completely up-to-date statistics on wine production and consumption and Faith finishes off with an all-important and completely up-to-date evaluation of wines by their makers.

Pages: 288
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd
Edition: 2
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Nicholas Faith

Nicholas Faith is renowned for the books and hundreds of articles he has written on wines and spirits over the past 30 years. His first book, The Winemasters, won the André Simon award. He also edited the prestigious magazine L’Amateur de Bordeaux. Founder of the International Spirits Challenge, the world’s leading alcoholic spirits competition, Nicholas Faith became in September 2010 the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Bureau National Interprofessional de Cognac.

Review of The story of champagne

"Wholly informative…pulls away some of the fabric of myth surrounding Champagne."  

--Wine and Spirit

"Admirably detailed."

--Sunday Times

"There have been a number of previous books on [champagne] but none so thorough, so sound or so penetrative; it is undoubtedly Faith’s finest work."

--John Arlott, Guardian

"A delight to read."
--Decanter

"The best short book on champagne."

--Sunday Telegraph

"No nonsense, myth unravelling and entertaining."

--Daily Telegraph