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Champagne: The Great Tasting
The Great Tasting
By Richard Juhlin
you’ve never felt the magic bubbles of a great champagne melt across
your palette, this book will make you feel like you had. Richard Julin
brings together a team of international wine experts to taste 150 of the
best champagnes from throughout the century.
At a Villa Pauli outside Stockholm, Sweden the judges convened for three days of arduous tasting. Present were: grand sommelier in Sweden and France, Josephine Nordlind; wine writer in the Swedish business periodical “Dagens Industri,” Anders Röttorp; head of Sotheby’s international wine department, Serena Sutcliffe; writer in the Danish wine periodical “Vinbladet,” Jörgen Christian Krüff; French wine expert and writer, Michel Dovaz; British wine expert and founder of “Wine Magazine” in London, Robert Joseph; and champagne expert and author, Richard Juhlin himself.
Not only does Juhlin make the tasting an exhilarating and romantic experience for the reader, but he has also created a wonderfully illustrated reference book on champagne, with comprehensive descriptions of the 100 best champagne houses in history, a treatise on the perfect glass for champagne tasting, and a brief history of champagne and sparkling wines throughout the ages.Although most of the winners in this tasting are far out of reach for the average consumer (some vintages were so rare that only the families of the champagne houses themselves have access to them), the book is enlightening, in that it very clearly reveals what the ideal champagne should taste like.
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