The Art and Business of Champagne

Overview

When people raise their glasses in celebratory toasts, few are aware of all the work behind the fizz. Here is a book to open their eyes with an inside look-from the vineyard to the marketplace-at the world of champagne.Just like good wine, the book begins with the grapes: variety, growing season, harvesting and pressing method. While not attempting to be the definitive work on champagne making, this volume does enumerate all the steps and decisions that go into producing a quality champagne. Blending, bottling, ...
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Overview

When people raise their glasses in celebratory toasts, few are aware of all the work behind the fizz. Here is a book to open their eyes with an inside look-from the vineyard to the marketplace-at the world of champagne.Just like good wine, the book begins with the grapes: variety, growing season, harvesting and pressing method. While not attempting to be the definitive work on champagne making, this volume does enumerate all the steps and decisions that go into producing a quality champagne. Blending, bottling, aging, fermenting and storage are also discussed. With a view to practicality, the author-himself a champagne manufacturer-looks at the marketing and business concerns of champagne, including the necessity of balancing quality and timely production. Since, by definition, champagne comes only from Champagne, France, a brief history of and visitor's guide to this region is also included. The final chapters look at vintages from 1900 to 2003 as well as the various families who make it their business to produce some of the world's finest wines.Dan Ginsburg lives in Washington, D.C., but is a part-time resident of Ay, France. He is the president and majority owner of Champagne de Meric, the only American-owned winery in Champagne. He is also the author of The Fix Is In (2004).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786422258
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/20/2006
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Dan Ginsburg lived in Washington, D.C., but was a part-time resident of Ay, France. He was the president and majority owner of Champagne de Meric, the only American-owned winery in Champagne.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Champagne basics 5
1 Choose your teachers well 13
2 It's all in the grapes 19
3 Respect tradition 38
4 Patience is a virtue 56
5 The business of Champagne is business 63
6 The world won't beat a path to your door just because you make a better Champagne 70
7 Use the home field advantage 76
8 How to make a small fortune in the Champagne business 86
9 The history of Champagne 93
10 Past harvests in Champagne 103
11 Key village profiles 128
12 If you run out of Champagne De Meric 148
13 A visitor's guide to the Champagne region 190
14 Life in Champagne 198
15 The future 205
App. I Champagne surface planted by department by grape variety 211
App. II Eight ways to maximize your enjoyment of Champagne 212
App. III Sample letters to Champagne producers 221
App. IV Contact information for hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations 223
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