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For connoisseur and newcomer alike, The Treasures of Champagne celebrates this remarkable liquid by exploring how champagne has become so deeply embedded in the world's consciousness. Divided into four parts, the first section looks at the process of making champagne and how the subtle blend of grapes produces a notable house style, as well as the vintage years and the special cuvees. This is followed by the history of champagne from the earliest makers to the present day and the global events which affected it. The third section provides individual entries on all the major champagne marques and some of the lesser known ones to. Each entry contains a brief history and explores the most notable traits of the houses' products and includes tasting notes recommending brands to try. The final section examines the social and cultural impact of champagne, how it has become a part of certain traditions, links to entertainment in fact and fiction. The celebration of bubbly proves, once and for all, that the world would be a poorer place without champagne. A Votre Sante!
This fully revised third edition of Cognac: The story of the world's greatest brandy provides an authoritative account of how the much-loved spirit is produced and matured. Nicholas Faith, the world's leading authority on cognac, explores the reasons for the spirit's complex character, and reveals its fascinating history. Cognac is an extraordinary and unparalleled collection of insights into the world's finest brandy. The first edition of this book, published in 1986, won the Veuve Clicquot award in the US and the Deinhard/Wine Magazine award in Britain. In 2005 the second edition was awarded the Andre Simon prize, Britain's premier wines and spirits writing prize. This new edition includes a fully updated directory of the top producers and their brandies - including the author's tasting notes - and two new sections on tasting and mixing: a selection of cognac cocktails and how to make them, and revelations on the associations made between brandy and food. This completely updated edition of Nicholas Faith's classic guide is a thorough and engaging resource - the essential companion for every cognac enthusiast.
A greatest-hits collection of 50 party-starting, hard-rocking cocktail recipes. Like your liquor as hard as your rock music? Then you'll love this collection of pun-based cocktails that pay tribute to the great and the good of rock 'n' roll. With recipes inspired by The Pixies (This Drunk He's Gone to Heaven), Fleetwood Mac (Pisco Your Own Way), Metallica (Enter Sand Manhattan), Van Halen (Shot for Teacher) and plenty more, there's more than enough to keep all Cocktail Shakermakers busy.
Drinking daily juices and smoothies is a great way to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need to maintain a balanced diet, as well as being an easy and delicious way to keep hunger at bay. Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Juices & Smoothies gives you a huge choice of quick, simple recipes that use all your favourite fruits and vegetables to ensure that your diet will never get dull! Every mouthwatering recipe is accompanied by fantastic colour photography, and it's all bound in a handy format, making this great-value book ideal for all! Check out some of the other titles in the series: 200 5:2 Diet Recipes (ISBN 978-0-600-63347-1) 200 Cakes & Bakes (ISBN 978-0-600-63329-7) 200 Family Slow Cooker Recipes (ISBN 978-0-600-63057-9) 200 Halogen Oven Recipes (ISBN 978-0-600-63344-0) 200 One Pot Meals (ISBN 978-0-600-63339-6) 200 Pasta Dishes (ISBN 978-0-600-63334-1) 200 Super Soups (ISBN 978-0-600-63343-3) 200 Veggie Feasts (ISBN 978-0-600-63337-2) 200 Barbecue Recipes (ISBN 978-0-600-63332-7) 200 Cupcakes (ISBN 978-0-600-63335-8) 200 Gluten-Free Recipes (ISBN 978-0-600-63342-6) 200 Slow Cooker Recipes (ISBN 978-0-600-63349-5) 200 Student Meals (ISBN 978-0-600-63340-2) 200 Super Salads (ISBN 978-0-600-63348-8) 200 Thai Favourites (ISBN 978-0-600-63346-4)
"If you are curious about life as a sommelier, this charming book makes an easy, nutritious appetizer." -The New York Times An illuminating guide to a career as a sommelier written by acclaimed food and drink writer Rosie Schaap and based on the real-life experiences of experts in the field-essential reading for anyone considering a path to this profession. Wine is a pleasure, and in its pursuit there should be no snobbery. The sommelier is there to help, to teach, to guide. Acclaimed food and drink writer Rosie Schaap profiles two renowned sommeliers to offer a candid portrait of this profession. Learn the job from Amanda Smeltz, a poet and wine director in New York, and Roger Dagorn, a James Beard Award-winning Master Sommelier. From starting in the cellar, grueling certification exams, to tastings and dinner service, Becoming a Sommelier is an invaluable introduction to this dream job.
Get out your cocktail shaker and re-live the speakeasy experience with this collection of authentic cocktails. Gatsby Cocktails features more than 20 classic cocktails inspired by the 1920s. Try re-creating the classic Sidecar, comprising brandy, lemon juice and Cointreau. Or discover the secret to Jay Gatsby's tipple of choice; the cooling Mint Julep. Perfect the classic martini or try a tempting Raspberry Rickey from the sparkling selection of recipes. With more than 20 classic recipes, this collection captures the iconic elegance of the Prohibition era.
New Zealand's wine industry has grown rapidly over the last thirty years, with the world's wine drinkers falling particularly hard for the Marlborough region's distinctive Sauvignon Blancs. But New Zealand wine goes far beyond the exuberant whites grown in the north of its South Island. In The Wines of New Zealand Master of Wine Rebecca Gibb takes us on a vinous journey through Aotearoa ('land of the long white cloud') and opens our eyes to the huge variety of wines created throughout the two islands of one of the world's most southerly wine-producing lands. She begins by covering the history of winemaking in New Zealand - the first grapes were planted 200 years ago, but it has only recently realized its potential. There is then an introduction to the New Zealand climate and the leading grapes - including 10 'must-try' wines for each variety. The major wine producing regions are detailed in turn, from Northland, the most northerly and warmest region, offering ripe Chardonnays and rich reds, to the cooler South Island, where bright whites and nuanced Pinot Noirs abound. Profiles, including recommended wines, are given for a selection of the country's nearly 700 producers, providing an overview of the most exciting wineries and their differing approaches to viticulture and winemaking. For those readers seeking to complete their exploration of this breathtaking country in person, there is a useful chapter giving details on wine-related activities in New Zealand. This expert and accessible guide to New Zealand wines is a refreshing addition to the library of any wine enthusiast.
The writer behind the popular blog, Creative Green Living, pulls together eighty delectable recipes for smoothies so good that your kids, friends, and veggie-hating spouse will be begging for more. Imagine curling up on the couch with your favorite bowl piled high with a delicious frozen treat topped with fresh fruit and nuts-and what's in that bowl is actually good for you! Smoothie bowls make this dream a reality. If you can operate a blender, then you can make a smoothie bowl. Carissa walks you through everything you need to know to produce Instagram-worthy creations in your own kitchen. Every recipe tastes as good as it looks and fills you up, making smoothie bowls the perfect choice for any meal or midday snack. Here is how to turn acai, avocado, banana, beets, blackberries, blueberries, carrots, chia, coconut, flaxseeds, ginger, green tea and matcha, honey, kale, kiwi, and so much more into a fabulous treat! Focusing on a variety of colorful superfoods, Carissa also discusses the nutritional benefits of these beautiful ingredients. Organized using the colors of the rainbow, flipping through these pages will leave you feel inspired and motivated to create these beautiful, healthy bowls.
A lavishly illustrated history of coca wine and the revolutionary advertising methods that made it a world-wide success One of the oldest and most potent natural stimulants, the leaves of the coca plant are the organic source from which cocaine is synthesized. Fresh coca leaves and products made from them have verified medicinal and healing properties--and not the same addictive qualities or negative side effects as cocaine. In the late 19th century coca products became hugely successful in Europe and the United States. The most famous was Vin Mariani, a coca-based tonic wine developed by Corsican pharmacist Angelo Mariani (1838-1914). Many celebrities sang its praises, including Pope Benedict XV, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Edison, H. G. Wells, and the doctors of Ulysses S Grant, who credited Vin Mariani with giving him the strength to finish his memoirs before his death. In this full-color illustrated history of coca wine, author Aymon de Lestrange follows Mariani's interest in coca from its medicinal applications as an anesthetic to the creation of the tonic wine. The author explores the botany of coca, how it differs from cocaine, its traditional use in pre-Columbian America, and scientific studies on coca from the 17th through 19th centuries, including from Sigmund Freud, who was a known user. Looking to the future of coca, the author shows how it has gained renewed interest in the scientific community for its therapeutic and nutritional properties and in the spiritual community, which is seeking to rehabilitate the reputation of coca, the sacred plant of the Incas.
A stunning collection of 70 witchcraft-inspired drink recipes with inspiration for creating your very own spirited cocktails to benefit your practice. For centuries, witches have been using spirits of all forms during rituals and celebrations. Now, today's modern witch can learn how to make the perfect powerful witchcraft cocktail. All you need is a delicious and easy recipe, a bottle of your favorite booze, and a desire to get witchy. In WitchCraft Cocktails, you will find 70 recipes for alcohol-based beverages that are sure to help you in your craft. Designed for healing, spells, offerings, and just plain fun, there's nothing these boozy drinks can't do! Need a love potion to help woo your lover? Maybe a tincture to heal a cold? Or perhaps you're looking for the perfect witch-themed signature cocktail to serve at your next gathering. Regardless of what you're looking for, this book has you covered and includes tips on how to use your witch's brew to further your practice-and have fun!
Discover why rum is fast becoming the hottest spirit in the world right now with this essential companion from bestselling author and master mixologist Tristan Stephenson. The Curious Bartender's Guide to Rum explores rum's remarkable history from its humble origins to its status as life-blood of the Royal Navy and its love affair with Cuba. Discover its darker past, with tales of devils, pirates and its reputation as the revolutionary spirit. Now this fabled drink is in the midst of another revolution, transforming from uninspiring grog to premium product. Barrel-aged dark varieties are leading the charge and poised to attract existing Bourbon fans while the cocktail Renaissance that began in the early 2000s has recently expanded to include tiki and non-tiki rum cocktails. Is this entertaining primer you'll learn how rum is made, from the science of sugar cane and molasses to distillation and unique ageing techniques. Next, Tristan's unrivalled mixology skills will help you master jazzed-up versions of the Mai Tai and Mojito, perfect a Planter's Punch and keep you on trend with Brazil's famous Caipirinha and Batida cocktails, made with rum's sister spirit, cachaca. Let the rum revolution begin!
The book is a collection of about one hundred graphic designs for wine labels suitable for vintners of various sizes from across the world. The graphic design approaches depicted are equally varied - they may be photographic or minimal; based on line drawings or digital concepts; resulting in either bespoke or exible solutions. While this selection has no pretence to be an exhaustive survey, it certainly conveys a meaningful sample of the recent graphic design production in this field.
Unique in conception and presentation, the Drinktionary showcases a vintage vocabulary of 2000 often unusual and unfamiliar words across ten thematic areas covering the production, preparation and partaking of alcoholic beverages of all kinds. Wordaholics of all ages and tastes - those with a thirst for strange words and strong drink alike - will find something to imbibe and savour on every page of this intoxicating read and indispensable reference work. And of course, there's no hangover when you're merely drunk on words! The Drinktionary is the ultimate lexicon of liquor - please read responsibly!
For mixologists of the highest calibre, mixing truly fantastic drinks is just the start. The world's very best bartenders interact on a more personal level with their customers and exhibit a sophisticated range of skills that deliver a truly memorable visitor experience. In Ultimate Bartending, Paul Martin, one of the UK's most renowned and decorated bartender trainers, shares the secrets that have enabled him to transform countless promising mixologists into some of the greatest. He covers topics as diverse as heads-up bartending, offering recommendations, building rapport, projecting passion, delivering service pro-actively, reading your guest, using positive body language, dealing with stress, seizing opportunity and much more. If you want to evolve your skills, enjoy significantly more job satisfaction and elevate your career, this book will show you how to achieve your true inner potential.
This beautifully presented Little Book is an excellent introduction to the world of rum. It includes the very best product from the Caribbean, UK, and US as well as new and emerging markets. With a fascinating history of the product itself, how it's made, and details of the world's best rums, this is perfect for all rum lovers. The book includes a description of more than 100 of the very best rums in the world. It is completely up-to-date, including details of the different varieties and styles of rum available today. What's more, an introduction explores the current market for rum and how distilleries are coping with the surge in demand,making this attractive Little Book a great introduction for anyone looking to learn about the history past and present of this popular drink. And also how best to enjoy it!
"A great primer...If you're new to the natural/organic/biodynamic wine debates, "Authentic Wine" is the place to start". ("Huffington Post"). "This is one of the most engaging, thoughtful and enlightening books on contemporary wine...A manifesto for an industry looking to shape its future". ("Wine And Spirits"). Naturalness is a hot topic in the wine world. But what exactly is a "natural wine"? For this pioneering book, best-selling wine writer Jamie Goode teams up with winemaker and Master of Wine Sam Harrop to explore the wide range of issues surrounding authenticity in wine. They begin by emphasizing that wine's diversity, one of its strengths, is currently under threat from increasingly homogenized commercial wines that lack a sense of place. Drawing on a global array of examples and anecdotes, Goode and Harrop examine complex concepts - terroir, biodynamics, and sustainability - in clear language. They also discuss topics including cultured and wild yeasts, wine "faults," the carbon footprint of the wine industry, "natural" as a marketing concept, and more. "Authentic Wine" illuminates a subject of great interest to wine producers, consumers, and anyone wondering where the wine industry is headed.
Picturesque Rioja, Spain's most prominent wine region, is a new world within a very old world. Winemaking here dates to Roman and medieval times, and today modern wineries designed by Gehry, Calatrava, and other celebrity architects flourish alongside traditional villages. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of the people and landscape and with detailed maps, this guide ranges over a diverse area from Rioja to Navarra, Bierzo, Galicia, and the Basque country as it explores winemaking from the ancient to the traditional and modern. Written by a trio of experts on Spanish wine, it provides insider information on a region home to Spain's finest Tempranillo, its prestigious Albarino, and many other indigenous grape varieties such as Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Viura. The authors look in depth at topics including climate and soil, grape varieties, and viticulture, and profile more than 85 individual wineries. They also include information not available elsewhere: several top ten lists plus "secret addresses" for the best restaurants and shops in which to find aged and historic vintages of Rioja.
A classic work on Scotch and its origins, Lockhart's book has long been regarded as a whisky classic. Including the foreword written by his late son in 1995, fully updated and revised, this book covers some of the lesser known episodes in the industry's history. In particular the author's family's involvement with Balmenach Distilery on Speyside is well covered as are the polemics of the Scots and their relationship with whisky and where it might be heading. Much of what Lockhart stated back in the 60s still holds true 50 years later and the book is considered essential reading for the whisky enthusiast.
Award-winning wine writer Alice Feiring presents an all-new way to look at the world of wine. While grape variety is important, a surprising amount of information about flavour and composition can be gleaned from a region's soil. Feiring's guide makes it simple to find wines you'll love. Breaking new ground and revealing new connections, The Dirty Guide to Wine organises wines not by grape, not by region, not by New or Old World, but by soil. The same winning qualities found in a Bordeaux might be found in a Californian Chardonnay. Feiring provides a clarifying account of the traditions and techniques of wine-tasting, demystifying the practice and introducing a whole new way to enjoy wine to sommeliers and novice drinkers alike.
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