Rich in history and admirable scholarship. . . . It's a fine grande champagne of a book, to be savored over and over. ... more
- ISBN 9780471459446
- Imprint Wiley
- Category History
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Rich in history and admirable scholarship. . . . It's a fine grande champagne of a book, to be savored over and over.
-Patricia Wells, author of The Provence Cookbook
Called the brandy of the gods by Victor Hugo, Cognac is a universal symbol of refinement and quality. In the first comprehensive history of this celebrated drink, Kyle Jarrard charts Cognac's birth in the 1500s and its transformation into the world's most coveted brandy. Along the way, he reveals how Cognac distillers weathered vineyard die-offs, the German occupation, and other challenges over the years-and offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Hennessy, Remy-Martin, Courvoisier, Martell, and other legendary brands.
For any Cognac lover, this fascinating book will make the perfect gift.
Kyle Jarrard (Paris, France) is a senior editor at the International Herald Tribune and author of the highly acclaimed novels Over There and Rolling the Bones.