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By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne Master Level
Wine Book Review:
by Caroline Henry
Want to understand more about it, but not sure where to start?
Or maybe just looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite wine lover?
Here’s one solution – the book Terroir Champagne by fellow wine writer and international author Caroline Henry.
Terroir Champagne provides the key to unlocking a complex region with uncomplicated ease, a visually appealing book replete with lush photos and concise text.
A certified sommelier, journalist and author, Caroline Henry possesses a keen understanding of Champagne’s unique history, varied soil types and time-intensive vinification practices. A resident of Hautvillers since 2011, the author also enjoys personal relationships with most of the region’s sustainable, organic and biodynamic grower-producers.
Henry showcases over eighty of these mostly family-owned enterprises in her three-part book, a book which begins with a pair of thoughtful forwards by multi-award winning Champagne writer & gastronomic reporter Michael Edwards and International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015, International Champagne Writer of the Year 2011, and The Champagne Guide” author Tyson Stelzer.
Part I outlines the modern history of Champagne’s sustainable, organic and biodynamic movements, an explanation of biodynamic preparations, and a handy breakdown of regional soil types.
Part II provides deeply personal portraits of growers by region – Aube, Cote des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, and Vallee de la Marne – along with accompanying menus for each producer’s unique, hand-crafted cuvées.
Part III concludes with a short practical guide to where one can buy and enjoy terroir champagne, a list of organic and biodynamic growers, and a helpful glossary.
A must-have for any wine lover, Champagne enthusiast, or student of the vine.
You can buy the book here. Now go out and celebrate what you’ve learned!
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