Tom Stevenson & Essi Avellan MW
CHRISTIE’S World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine
Absolute Press, the specialist food and drink imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, London, is pleased to announce a new and fully revised edition of Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine, to be published 21 November 2013. The US edition will be published by Sterling Epicure, the high-end food, wines, beers and spirits imprint of Sterling Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest bookseller.
Tom Stevenson has long been regarded as the world’s leading authority on Champagne and sparkling wine. The previous two editions of the encyclopedia, translated into German and Spanish, have been considered the reference for sparkling wine for the past 15 years. To do the revision of the third edition, Stevenson chose Essi Avellan MW, one of the world’s most talented young wine writers and only the second person from the Nordic countries to gain the coveted Master of Wine qualification.
Tom Stevenson says: “Essi is uniquely qualified. Of all the Champagne specialists I know, Essi is the best and most consistent taster I have encountered, and I have tasted thousands of Champagnes with her, so that is no throwaway statement. We also have a very similar palate and a very similar notion about quality.“
Essi Avellan says: “When Tom proposed that I revise his Christie’s World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the job, not to mention the size of the shoes I’d be stepping into. Still, it took me just seconds to say yes. Revising what has been the reference book on sparkling wines of the world was such an honour that I simply could not say no.”
A country-by-country guide, from the finest Champagnes of France to the lesser-known sparkling wine producers of China, this extraordinary work takes you to five continents and to all the countries where serious sparkling wine is produced.
This third edition, 40% larger than the 2003 book, has an extended section about Champagne, which has many more prominent producers to showcase now with its booming grower Champagnes. Spain and Italy are also far more internationally present as Prosecco production has rapidly grown in the last decade. Some of the biggest changes have also taken place in the New World, including Canada, Argentina and India, as this third edition reveals. Finally the South of England is highlighted as a new and exciting region for sparkling wine production in this third edition – largely due to climate change.
More than 1,600 producers from around the world are rated on a 100-point global scale with an in-depth analysis of their history, method of production and style of wine. More than 400 gorgeous photographs vividly enrich the physical splendour of the work.