Skip to product information
1 of 1

Keevil, Susan

On Champagne: A Tapestry of Tales to Celebrate the Greatest Sparkling Wine of All

On Champagne: A Tapestry of Tales to Celebrate the Greatest Sparkling Wine of All

Regular price $45 USD
Regular price Sale price $45 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

From the publisher

A multi-layered look at this essential wine, beautifully designed to bring the region to life on the page.

Contributions from top champagne writers: Tom Stevenson, Essi Avelan MW, Serena Sutcliffe MW, Peter Liem, Tyson Stelzer and Robert Walters, and champagne's modern era is welcomed in by Evelyn Waugh.

The fascinating history and Champagne's place in the world today, and its aspirations for the future. Full of stories about the innovators and characters. One of 2022's wine books of the year in Sunday Telegraph, Washington Post and New York Times.

Champagne is never a simple glass of fizz... As soon as the cork flies, the first sip reveals a wine of fascinating complexity. For even the most modest non-vintage cuvée, a bevy of blending decisions, multi layers of history and the incalculable climate of this northern corner of France all come into play. In On Champagne the thoughts, opinions and conclusions of the world's finest champagne writers gather to reveal this wine's action-packed trajectory from the myth of its accidental discovery - not in France, we find, but in the cider cellars of England - to the development of a high-tech champagne fit for space travel. It's a journey that starts and ends with capturing that sparkle in a bottle and along the way beguiles us with the nuances of its chalky terrain, the determination of rebels from Ambonnay to Avize, and the mystery of a champagne cellar under the sea. We meet the pioneers who created the great champagnes of the past and the personalities who are 'greening' this landscape, nurturing it through climate change to shape the exquisite champagnes of the future.

View full details

From Chef Scott

Click to expand / collapse

Editors and authors Robert Walters and Henry Jeffreys have crafted a book that sparkles with the magic of champagne, offering readers a captivating blend of history, culture, and personal experiences.

The book is structured as a collection of essays, each contributed by a different writer, and it explores various facets of champagne. From its storied history in the Champagne region of France to its role in literature, art, and pop culture, the essays provide a rich tapestry of tales that bring champagne to life. The diverse perspectives and writing styles of the authors make for an engaging and multifaceted reading experience.

One of the standout features of "On Champagne" is its accessibility. While champagne is often associated with luxury and exclusivity, this book makes it approachable and relatable to a broad audience. The authors' passion for the subject matter shines through, and they manage to convey the enchantment of champagne without overwhelming readers with technical jargon or pretentiousness.

The essays are accompanied by charming illustrations and photographs that add visual flair to the book, enhancing the overall reading experience. The combination of captivating narratives and visual elements creates a true celebration of champagne's allure.

However, some readers may find that the book's structure, with its diverse range of essays and contributors, occasionally results in uneven pacing and depth. Some essays may resonate more with certain readers than others, depending on their personal interests in the subject matter.

Whether you're a seasoned champagne aficionado or simply curious about the world of bubbly, this book will entertain and educate, providing a taste of the enchantment that surrounds champagne. It is a charming addition to the library of anyone who appreciates the finer things in life.