Random commentary and photos about food, wine, cocktails, and restaurants
in and around the Richmond, Virginia area and beyond.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I just finished reading Champagne – How the World’s Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times by Don and Petie Kladstrup. A quick and delightful read outlining the history of the area and the bubbly from Attila the Hun through World War II. The Kladstrups give an interesting comparison of Dom Perignon and Louis XIV, who were contemporaries. The description of the extent and uses of the crayeres (caves) is fascinating. The book also gives particular insight into the devastation of World War I. Most of the major champagne houses are represented along with outlandish, daring, and heroic episodes. And, of course, when reading, indulge in a taste of the stars.