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This illuminating study of cognac—written by an internationally recognized expert and leading authority on the subject—explores the fascinating, often dramatic history of this spirit and the world-famous town of its origin. Nicholas Faith tells an extraordinary story of fraud and reveals how it helped provide the foundation for the system of control that now protects its manufacture and sale. He closely examines every aspect of cognac’s increasing prominence in today’s markets, gives detailed profiles of cognac’s key producers, and presents a full account of the intricate production techniques used to make cognac. To top it off, there’s a complete guide to drinking and enjoying the wide range of cognacs available worldwide.Nicholas Faith’s first wine book, The Winemasters, was published in 1978 and won the André Simon award. He is the author of Mitchell Beazley’s Classic Wine Library Cognac, which won the Gourmand Best Spirit Book 2004, as well as other well-received works on Champagne and on major Bordeaux châteaux.

Cognac (Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library)

Author: Nicholas Faith

Title: Cognac (Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library)

ISBN: 1840009039

ISBN13: 978-1840009033

Publisher: MITCH (July 28, 2006)

Language: English

Subcategory: Beverages & Wine

Size pdf version: 1444 kb

Size epub version: 1640 kb

Size fb2 version: 1748 kb

Rating: 4.6/5

Pages: 280 pages


Reviews (5)
Uylo
I learned a lot from reading this book. However a couple of things the reader should know. There's a few typos in the text (eg global warning on p. 28; and I think it's more accurate to use the term climate change and qualify what that means in Cognac-country). Also if you get a chance to look at the more "coffee table" format of the first edition you will see better quality images, and photographs in colour and monochrome.

Nonetheless if you want an informative text on Cognac and reading French texts is beyond you, this is a good place to start your quest for Cognac knowledge.
Uylo
I learned a lot from reading this book. However a couple of things the reader should know. There's a few typos in the text (eg global warning on p. 28; and I think it's more accurate to use the term climate change and qualify what that means in Cognac-country). Also if you get a chance to look at the more "coffee table" format of the first edition you will see better quality images, and photographs in colour and monochrome.

Nonetheless if you want an informative text on Cognac and reading French texts is beyond you, this is a good place to start your quest for Cognac knowledge.
Alsantrius
Great Book pertaining to what seems like portions of the History of cognac. Seemed a little lacking. Does a lot to introduce people, companies, rules that have influenced the history of the drink up to this point. Would like to have seen a more comprehensive list of the companies producing the spirit today, as it left out a ton, however I also learned of some new houses so... :). Overall, a worthy purchase for only the cognac enthused.
Alsantrius
Great Book pertaining to what seems like portions of the History of cognac. Seemed a little lacking. Does a lot to introduce people, companies, rules that have influenced the history of the drink up to this point. Would like to have seen a more comprehensive list of the companies producing the spirit today, as it left out a ton, however I also learned of some new houses so... :). Overall, a worthy purchase for only the cognac enthused.
JUST DO IT
I recently got "into" cognac and ordered this book to further my understanding of this ambrosial elixir. While not quite what I'd hoped for, the book turned out to be much more interesting than I had expected.

The book starts with an overview of the making of cognac, including information about the geography of the Cognac region and how it influences the quality of the brandies produced in the various sub-region This is followed by a detailed history of the region and the drink. I found Nicholas Faith's writing about the trials and tribulations of Cognac to be to be quite engaging. At the end, there is a short section on the enjoyment of cognac, followed by a listing of cognac houses and very terse comments on their various cognacs (just a few words each).

My only disappointment is that I was hoping for more a "drinker's guide" to Cognac with detailed reviews, something along the lines of the books the late Michael Jackson wrote about beer and whiskey. I'm thinking that Cognac (Mitchell Beazley Drink) might be more what I was looking for, so I'll order it next.
JUST DO IT
I recently got "into" cognac and ordered this book to further my understanding of this ambrosial elixir. While not quite what I'd hoped for, the book turned out to be much more interesting than I had expected.

The book starts with an overview of the making of cognac, including information about the geography of the Cognac region and how it influences the quality of the brandies produced in the various sub-region This is followed by a detailed history of the region and the drink. I found Nicholas Faith's writing about the trials and tribulations of Cognac to be to be quite engaging. At the end, there is a short section on the enjoyment of cognac, followed by a listing of cognac houses and very terse comments on their various cognacs (just a few words each).

My only disappointment is that I was hoping for more a "drinker's guide" to Cognac with detailed reviews, something along the lines of the books the late Michael Jackson wrote about beer and whiskey. I'm thinking that Cognac (Mitchell Beazley Drink) might be more what I was looking for, so I'll order it next.
Risinal
Great history of classic spirit, large focus on history less on manufacture, includes info on legal requirements of French government concerning spirit distillation
Risinal
Great history of classic spirit, large focus on history less on manufacture, includes info on legal requirements of French government concerning spirit distillation
porosh
Great. Thanks.
porosh
Great. Thanks.

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