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Christie's world encyclopedia of champagne & sparkling wine
Stevenson, Tom.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Wine Appreciation Guild, 1999.

Physical Description:
335 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Format :


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TP555 .S736 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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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 Writer of the Year three times

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In 1998, author and wine expert Tom Stevenson produced a guide to Champagnes and sparkling wines of the world. Almost 20 years later, he returns with a revised and expanded edition. The breadth and depth of detail is astonishing, and the inclusion of entries from less-heralded wine-producing regions such as India makes the volume comprehensive if not exhaustive. Vintners are scored when possible or otherwise commented on, and noteworthy bottlings are singled out. Color photography abounds, and select wineries are highlighted in sidebars or whole pages. Stevenson's writing reflects a particular British attitude (he outlines a brief history of England's special relationship with Champagne): he is unafraid to score producers critically or offer up sometimes comedically tart and dismissive descriptions. This sharply observed and written reference guide to bubbly merits a home in any oenology collection. VERDICT A superb tome to pore over or dip into selectively. Highly recommended for libraries where books on wine are popular.-Peter Hepburn, Coll. of the Canyons Lib., Santa Clarita, CA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Stevenson, a prolific writer and recognized authority in the field, updates and substantially broadens his classic Champagne (1986, now out of print). The work is timely, given the recent global upsurge in sparkling wine of high quality. Introductory chapters describe the history of sparkling wine, its development around the world, various production methods, soil and climate, and styles, and offer advice on choosing, storing, and serving. The main body of the work reviews sparkling wines by country and region, profiling producers, their styles, and individual labels. Producers are assigned numerical scores based on the author's evaluation of their wines. Certain producers receive the designation "value," indicating that their best wines fall within their numerical score, a kind of reliability ranking. Appendixes cover grape varieties and vintages, and contain a glossary. The lovely color photographs, wine labels, and page layout, information in great depth, and the author's entertaining style make this a prize for any library bookshelf or coffee table. An important reference work for academic libraries. S. D. Johnson; Clemson University