Based on a series of articles published in The World of Fine Wine, Bursting Bubbles is a ground-breaking new book that offers the reader an alternate history of Champagne and its greatest growers. Often controversial, it is a no-holds barred look at the world’s most famous wine region and the sparkling wine that it produces. It has the potential to change the way wine lovers think about Champagne. In his foreword, multi award winning author Andrew Jefford has called Bursting Bubbles, ‘The most engaging book about leading Champagne growers I’ve read, full of insight and detail’ and ‘…the most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly unfrothy book on the subject.’
– Sparkling wine was not invented in Champagne
– Winemakers in the region considered bubbles a fault at the time
– Most of the myths around Pérignon began about a century after his death
Robert Walters is a wine merchant and vineyard owner with over 25 years of experience in the wine trade. His obsessive search for great grower wines has led him to work closely with many important producers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as many of Champagne’s finest artisans. Over the years he has also found the time to write for publications such as The World of Fine Wine, and it was a series of these articles – on grower Champagne’s – that eventually led to this book.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading A Secret History of Champagne and the Rise of the Great Growers ISBN 9781846892547 Author Roberts Walters Binding Casebound Extent 235 x 160mm, 240 pages Illustrations Black & white photographs Ebook No
"It all gets off to a cracking start, since the author is a gifted writer who gives a delightfully engaging account of his epiphany, his unconditional surrender to the charms of the great grower Champagnes in God’s little acre. Robert Walters writes not because he wants to sell more; he simply thinks that the wines are brilliant and that the story of their creators should be told". - Michael Edwards, The World of Fine Wine
"...This is part history lesson, part travel adventure story and wholly entertaining to read. It reminds me of Kermit Lynch’s ‘Adventures On The Wine Route’ with an Australian accent." — The Wine Depository
"We have all been sold a pup, albeit a glossy-looking, expensive one. Most champagnes, even those made by the prestigious brands, are confections that have little to do with terroir (the natural environment of the grape) or the qualities that distinguish good wine. Big manufacturers discovered that wines of inferior quality could, when sweetened and sparkled, be sold to the wealthy as a prestige product. Out of this naked commercial opportunism came what Robert Walters calls, in this refreshingly iconoclastic book, "the world's first mass-market party drug". Fortunately for those of us who love fizz in our wine, a small and growing number of winemakers in Champagne are now drawing on the skills and knowledge that had been lost to the region to make "exceptional wines that just happen to have bubbles". " — The Age, Australia
"... this is a meticulously researched and scholarly work but it is written with verve and wit. In addition to a fascinating historical examination, Walters explodes numerous myths, which will amuse any lover of wine trivia." – Australian Financial Review
“…the most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly unfrothy book on the subject I’ve read.” – ANDREW JEFFORD, Multi-award-winning author of The New France and columnist and contributing editor for both Decanter and The World of Fine Wine.
“In the tradition of Kermit Lynch’s Adventures n the Wine Route, Bursting Bubbles is a wonderful and informed exploration of the best grower Champagnes and the characters who make them. It shatters old myths and reveals new truths, making Champagne – the place and the wine – as intriguing, beautiful and magical as ever.” – ANDREA FROST, award-winning author of Through as Sparkling Glass and columnist for TimAtkin.com and The World of Fine Wine.
“Rob Walters’ approach to Champagne (and to wine in general – and to life!) in this beautifully written book is so cheerful and entertaining that one risks not realising how thoughtful and informative it is as well – a risk that I would advise any wine lover to take without hesitation.” – JESUS BARQUIN, Award-winning co-author of the The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain and Sherry, Manzanilla and Montilla and the co-founder of Equip Navazos.
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