French Wine: An Illustrated Miscellany

by Bernard Pivot

Rizzoli | April 22, 2014 | Hardcover

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This handsome volume pays homage to the humble grape''s revered nectar. This truly exceptional miscellany of anecdotes, facts, quotable quotes, and interesting stories celebrates wine in all its guises: from the origin of the toast (to prevent being poisoned at a dinner, it was customary for guests to tip part of their drink into their companion''s glass) to the exact number of references to wine in the Bible (441) to the debate over whether Dom Perignon discovered bubbles, effectively inventing champagne, or simply started the tradition of blending the grapes in the drink he described as "like drinking stars." With references to world-class vineyards and favored grape varieties, the author covers the topic in a fascinating pastiche. Through quotes illustrating how traditions persist, such as Napoleon''s "You drink champagne in victory, and you need it in defeat," this exquisitely produced volume is the perfect gift for the wine aficionado or bon vivant.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: April 22, 2014

Publisher: Rizzoli

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 2080201549

ISBN - 13: 9782080201546

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French Wine: An Illustrated Miscellany

French Wine: An Illustrated Miscellany

by Bernard Pivot

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 7.48 × 9.45 × 0.79 in

Published: April 22, 2014

Publisher: Rizzoli

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 2080201549

ISBN - 13: 9782080201546

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This handsome volume pays homage to the humble grape''s revered nectar. This truly exceptional miscellany of anecdotes, facts, quotable quotes, and interesting stories celebrates wine in all its guises: from the origin of the toast (to prevent being poisoned at a dinner, it was customary for guests to tip part of their drink into their companion''s glass) to the exact number of references to wine in the Bible (441) to the debate over whether Dom Perignon discovered bubbles, effectively inventing champagne, or simply started the tradition of blending the grapes in the drink he described as "like drinking stars." With references to world-class vineyards and favored grape varieties, the author covers the topic in a fascinating pastiche. Through quotes illustrating how traditions persist, such as Napoleon''s "You drink champagne in victory, and you need it in defeat," this exquisitely produced volume is the perfect gift for the wine aficionado or bon vivant.

About the Author

Bernard Pivot is a celebrated French television, radio, and newspaper journalist who has contributed to cultural programs for over thirty years.
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