Christie's World Encyclopedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wineby Tom Stevenson, Christies International Staff (Contribution by), Christie's International Group Staff (Contribution by)
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.
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A brilliant historical research which prove without any doubt the Sparkling "Champain" have been created in England. A good description on various method of elaboration around the world. A clear description of various style. A lot of instructive tasting note and vintage note of Champagne. Then come a large chapter on French sparkling and excellent Cremant; German Sekt, Spanish Cava, Italian Proseco, Californian Sparkling... to name few. I read it with great interest and return to it to compare my tasting note. I recommend it to all Sommelier and Wine Trade Staff as well as all discriminating palate which want to know more about what they drink and enjoy! No doubt, Christie's and Stevenson done a great job.
As a wine connoisseur, I am stunned to see an unexplainable omission in this book: there is NO mention of Romania, even though it was the fourth country in the world to produce sparkling wines (btw, that's what champagne is, a sparkling wine named after the region...) after France, Russia (Ucraine) and Germany. In 1862 the first commercial sparkling wine business is established in Timisoara. How is this possible and how can it be overlooked, since there were exports of 'bubbly' to England (the author's country) from Romania going back to the 1920's... Besides, wine growing was always native to Romania since times immemorial - unlike many of the countries listed. Kenya makes the list (1992), and Israel (1980) and Malta (1995)...and England (1976)! The 'experts' have outdone themselves this time. Perhaps they should hire fewer wine-tasters and more historians when they write a 'World' Encyclopedia next time ...