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.