Overview

Uncorked quenches our curiosity about the inner workings of one of the world's most prized beverages. Esteemed for its freshness, vitality, and sensuality, champagne is a wine of great complexity. Mysteries aplenty gush forth with the popping of that cork. Just what is that fizz? Can you judge champagne quality by how big the bubbles are, how long they last, or how they behave before they fade? And why does serving champagne in a long-stemmed flute prolong its chill and effervescence? Through lively prose and a ...

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Uncorked: The Science of Champagne

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Overview

Uncorked quenches our curiosity about the inner workings of one of the world's most prized beverages. Esteemed for its freshness, vitality, and sensuality, champagne is a wine of great complexity. Mysteries aplenty gush forth with the popping of that cork. Just what is that fizz? Can you judge champagne quality by how big the bubbles are, how long they last, or how they behave before they fade? And why does serving champagne in a long-stemmed flute prolong its chill and effervescence? Through lively prose and a wealth of state-of-the-art photos, this revised edition of Uncorked unlocks the door to what champagne is all about.

Providing an unprecedented close-up view of the beauty in the bubbles, Gérard Liger-Belair presents images that look surprisingly like lovely flowers, geometric patterns, even galaxies as the bubbles rise through the glass and burst forth on the surface. He illustrates how bubbles form not on the glass itself but are "born" out of debris stuck on the glass wall, how they rise, and how they pop. Offering a colorful history of champagne, Liger-Belair tells us how it is made and he asks if global warming could spell champagne's demise. In a brand-new afterword, he updates the reader on new developments in the world of bubble science and delves even more deeply into the processes that give champagne its unique and beautiful character.

Bubbly may tickle the nose, but Uncorked tackles what the nose and the naked eye cannot--the spectacular science that gives champagne its charm and champagne drinkers immeasurable pleasure.

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Praise for the previous edition: Uncorked is an interesting, enjoyable read for anyone who has gazed too long upon a champagne-filled flute.
— Gregory Mone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400847808
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Gérard Liger-Belair is a physics professor at the University of Reims, located in the Champagne region of France.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
1 Introduction 1
2 The History of Champagne 7
3 The Making of Champagne 19
4 A Flute or a Goblet? 31
5 The Birth of a Bubble 37
6 The Bubble Rises 59
7 The Bubble Bursts 85
8 The Future of Champagne Wines 133
Afterword 143
Glossary 183
Bibliography 185
Acknowledgments 188
Index 189
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