Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes…Behind the Bubbles by Fritz Gubler

Emma Codd

Currently based in the delightful town of Motueka, Emma is pursuing her passion for the written word and yoga teaching. Her motley background and eclectic interests provide Emma with much to write about many things, which she mostly does online. She is also busy unleashing her inner fiction writer.

Champagne enjoys associations with celebrity and royalty, is the drink of the rich and the famous, carries with it heirs of luxury and grandeur, and is the preferred drink of celebrations. Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes by Fritz Gubler explores the story behind the infamous bubbles, hailing from the Champagne region of France but enjoyed the world over.

When it first made its accidental appearance, it was said that Champagne was a very poor example of winemaking. With the expert help of renowned 17th century cellarmaster Dom Pierre Pérignon, a Benedictine monk, Champagne was soon being enjoyed in the French royal court, earning it the reputation it still has today. Along with the history of its origins, Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes takes the reader on a behind-the-scenes tour of the well-known Champagne houses – Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot, Mumm, Bollinger, and Krug, to name a few – and uncovers the quintessential role women have played in this market. Of more practical interest, the science, serving, and tasting of Champagne are explained, as are Champagne labels, opening Champagne bottles and food matching.

After a long and successful career in hospitality that took him to working locations around the globe, Gubler has continued to share his enthusiasm for the world’s finest with his series of Great, Grand & Famous books: Great, Grand & Famous Hotels, Great, Grand & Famous Chefs and Their Signature Dishes, and now Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes.

This book is designed to be delighted in. The layout is superb with short, easy to read sections in each chapter, allowing the reader either to read from start to finish, or to flick straight through to something of interest. The vibrant, artistic, and sometimes entertaining colour pictures are found on every page, and the descriptions of the individual Champagnes had me poised and ready to purchase a bottle at my next available opportunity.

Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes makes an excellent coffee-table book, offering up a background to the fascinating life of Champagne. Presented with style, simplicity, and elegance, this book captures the very essence of its namesake proving, yet again, that the drink containing more than 21 million bubbles per glass is truly extraordinary.

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