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Ebook Details
  • 11/2021
  • B09LPBVF1K
  • 186 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781737546801
  • 182 pages
  • $14.99
Press for Champagne: A Guide to Enjoying the World's Greatest Sparkling Wine
Press for Champagne leads you through a personal discovery of Champagne. Entertaining, informative, organized, and clear, Press for Champagne takes you on a journey through the broad array of Champagnes available to today’s drinkers. It shows you, through examples, how and why Champagnes differ and how to understand them, giving you the tools to develop your own preferences and explore further. This is a drinker’s guide to Champagne. Press for Champagne accompanies you on an adventure that will enhance your appreciation of Champagne and the pleasure you receive from it.
Reviews
Ruhland’s fascinating, conversational guide to all things champagne opens with a compelling question: “What if delivering bliss to someone were as simple as connecting a button to a wire?” That query’s inspired by a London diner that outfitted each booth with a button marked “press for champagne.” Press for Champagne–the culmination of a lifetime of “obsessively” sipping bubbly–explores the mystique associated with champagne and offers pointers on how to enjoy this quintessential celebratory beverage, from clarifying what, exactly, it is and how it’s made to the best ways to “unleash the great champagne drinker within you.”

Detailed and well researched, this book dives deep into the history and production of champagne, including the fact that, in the U.S., people often use the term to mean any “sparkling wine.” Ruhland points out the inaccuracy of this generalization in no uncertain terms: true champagne only comes from the eponymous region in France. To help readers discover the variety that best suits their tastes, he thoroughly examines available champagnes and why each is unique. His tone is acerbic at times, but his occasionally forceful language is rooted in love–he respects wine producers, and he worries about their future as climate change takes hold.

Ruhland has created an essential and informative guide for dedicated drinkers, though readers without at least a cursory interest in champagne might not be converted. He adeptly connects his impassioned arguments with anecdotes and obscure bits of knowledge that enhance curiosity and intrigue–for example, bubbles make people happy, but they also serve an important function in giving champagne–and sparkling wines–its flavor. Perhaps most importantly, Ruhland wants everyone to remember that champagne isn’t just for parties: “Drink champagne whenever you feel like it. Seriously, if there is only one thing you take away from this book, I hope that is it.”

Takeaway: Ruhland’s conversational guide examines all things champagne, especially the best ways to understand and enjoy it.

Great for fans of: Tilar J. Mazzeo’s The Widow Clicquot, Michael Edwards’s The Champagne Companion.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A-

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 11/2021
  • B09LPBVF1K
  • 186 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781737546801
  • 182 pages
  • $14.99

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