The Finest Wines of Champagne: A Guide to the Best Cuvées, Houses, and Growers

by Michael Edwards

ISBN-10: 0520259408
ISBN-13: 9780520259409
Region: France
Publication Date: October, 2009
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About The Finest Wines of Champagne: A Guide to the Best Cuvées, Houses, and Growers

Publisher Web Link: http://www.ucpress.edu/

Champagne is synonymous with celebration and success—but have its festive associations detracted from its status as a fine wine in its own right? Drawing on his intimate knowledge of a classic but rapidly changing region, Michael Edwards takes a radically different approach in this unrivaled, terroir-based guide to the world’s best sparkling wines. Ninety in-depth profiles of the best small growers as well as the greatest houses are organized geographically—from the finest producers of the great city of Reims, wine towns of Epernay and Aÿ, and the leading villages of the Marne, and to the rising stars of the Aube (Côte des Bar) and beyond. Edwards also discusses the culture of Champagne, reviews trends in viticulture and winemaking, and investigates controversial solutions to the current crisis of success in a region that cannot satisfy global demand for its wines. Additional sections explore the gastronomic traditions of the area, give advice on pairing Champagne with food, survey the vintages of the past 20 years, list the wines with the best price-to-quality ratio, and more, making this extensively illustrated work a true connoisseur’s guide to the most glamorous and perhaps the most enigmatic of French wines.

Author Information

About Michael Edwards

Author Web Link: http://edwards-onwine.skynetblogs.be/

After reading for the Bar, Michael Edwards joined Laytons, the independent London wine merchants, as a wine trainee in 1968. Living in Provence and Burgundy in the early 1970s, he represented several wines domaines that are now household names in Britain and the USA including Domaine Laroche and Zind-Humbrecht. In a change of career in the 1980s Michael became a restaurant critic, rising to be chief inspector of the Egon Ronay Guide. For the last 18 years, he has been a freelance wine and food writer and journalist, specialising in Champagne, Burgundy and gastronomy.

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