Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times
The authors of the international bestseller Wine & War reveal the fascinating history of champagne, from the 13th century to today. The Champagne ... Show synopsis The authors of the international bestseller Wine & War reveal the fascinating history of champagne, from the 13th century to today. The Champagne region in northern France has suffered more battles than any other place on earth but it is also the birthplace of one of the world's favourite drinks. How did a sparkling wine born out of bloodshed and misery become the ultimate symbol of celebration and allure? Award-winning authors Don and Petie Kladstrup introduce us to a list of fascinating characters, including the drink's fabled inventor Dom Perignon, the Sun King Louis XIV and the Emperor Napoleon. They tell of champagne's darkest hours during World War I, when the region's population hid underground in the caves that have protected the precious bottles for centuries - and of how champagne's popularity only increased after the War ended. Above all, we meet the local wine producers for whom champagne is not only their livelihood, but also the soul of their nation.