Christie's world encyclopedia of champagne & sparkling wine

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Wine Appreciation Guild, 1999 - Cooking - 335 pages
The first in-depth guide to sparkling wines of the world from Champagne to California, Italy to Australia and beyond.

A fascinating first section describes the history of sparkling wine and proves beyond any doubt that it was the English rather than the French who first produced a fizzy wine. The main body of the encyclopedia is devoted to profiles of the world's sparkling wine producers accompanied by tasting notes, recommendations for drinking and good value for your money. Another section lists the author's personal selection of sparkling wines to drink for the Millennium.

Beautifully illustrated and designed with over 600 full color photographs and illustrations, this is the ultimate book for those who love the good things in life and who want to discover the best to welcome in the year 2000.

Tom Stevenson is the world's leading authority on Champagne. He is the author of 14 books and winner of 21 literary awards, including 13 for his works on Champagne. He has been voted Wine Writerof the Year three times!

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Contents

How to Use this Book 6 foreword and Authors Introduction 7 A Little History 9 How Sparkling Wines are Made
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A Step by Step Guide 10 Mkthode Champenoise 16 The Elusive Quality Factor 20 Putting On The Style
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Germany 179 Great Britain 204 Italy 211 Portugal 220 Spain 226 The Rest of Europe
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About the author (1999)

Tom Stevenson has been writing about wine for 25 years and is the author of 20 books and the winner of 26 literary awards including, on three occasions, Wine Writer of the Year. In April 1999 he received the coveted Wine Literary Award, America's lifetime achievement award for wine writing. Only nine other authors have received this award prior to Tom Stevenson. The first edition of his Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, published in 1988, won a record five awards, and The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, published in 1997 by Dorling Kindersley, won the Prix du Champagne Lanson Gold Label Award. These editions have sold more than 400,000 copies in 12 languages.

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