Has anyone else read Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times, by Don and Petie Kladstrup?
The authors also wrote Wine and War, which I'm putting on my list next.
The book details the evolution of champagne (and rises and falls of the region, Champagne) from the days of Dom Perignon up to WWII. There are a lot of interesting anecdotes about all the most famous champagne makers, the perils of making champagne, which historical figures couldn't get enough champagne, what people did to get their hands on champagne, how champagne played a role in major wars, etc. A quick and easy read, but very fun.
Unsurprisingly, the book has me hankering for champagne.I love bubbly, but because I like to have it regularly I always pick an inexpensive prosecco, cremant, the Roederer Estate, or one of the $20 and under Gloria Ferrer bottles, but this time I want to go up a little just for kicks.
I can't afford Dom Perignon or a Grand Dame, but what are people's favorite $30ish bottles from the big famous champagne houses? The ones that feature prominently in the book are:
Pommery and Cliquot, which are the only two I've tried (and liked)
Moet & Chandon