Champagne may be the most misunderstood category of wine in the world, as many labels of sparkling wines bear the name in error. True champagne comes only from the French province of Champagne and contains three specific grape varieties. But figuring out more about the wine can be confusing: what is the difference between cuvée de prestige, blanc de noirs, and rosé? What is the best kind of food to pair with champagne? How many different kinds of sweetness are there? What is the best method of storage?
Richard Juhlin, the world’s foremost champagne expert, answers these questions and more as he takes the reader on a journey to the geographical area of Champagne and through the history of the drink. He explains how to arrange tastings and develop one’s sense of smell, and why the setting where you drink champagne is important, including personal anecdotes about his lifelong journey from PE teacher to connoisseur. Also included is a catalog section that describes and ranks different champagne houses, types, and vintages. Sit back and enjoy Juhlin’s graceful prose with a lovely glass of champagne, the sparkling wine that has come to epitomize luxury and elegance.
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About the Author
Richard Juhlin is the number one champagne expert in the world and also holds the world record for champagnes tasted since 1998. He has written seven books, including Richard Juhlin Champagne Guide, The Great Tasting, and 4,000 Champagnes. He runs the Richard Juhlin Champagne Club and holds wine tastings and lectures around the world. He lives in Sweden.
Édouard Cointreau is the founder and president of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. He is the president of Paris Cookbook Fair, president of the World Association of Food TV Producers, and president of Gourmand Magazine.