So what’s the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne? We’d say one of many answers is that no other wine in the world has been written about more. Without even scratching the surface, you could fill an entire 275-page book with some of the best writing about Champagne. Oh, wait: That’s been done. The book, published by Academie du Vin Library, is called “On Champagne: A Tapestry of Tales to Celebrate the Greatest Sparkling Wine of All” ($45). It’s fascinating, funny and quietly educational. Here are some of our favorite quotes from the book. As we head into 2023, here’s to a healthy new year.
In the New Year, we hope you find many opportunities to help. Help other people, help the planet, and help yourself. We could all use more self-care in these trying times. - Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
After almost two years of isolation, we’d guess this will be a banner season for bubbly, even if we’re lowering our masks to drink it. You’re about to be overwhelmed with recommendations for sparkling wines. ...
- Grower producers in Champagne's southernmost region are leading the way towards a new set of traditions, ones based on sustainability and more individualized expressions of terroir.
- "One of the best rosé sparklers we’ve ever had. Serious. Focused and lemony, in a good way. And it has a lot of red fruit at the end." Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
- "So we want the wine to reach all the potential and we want them to be good enough without sugar added, because sugar hides all these typical aromatics that come from the soil, that come from the terroir." Thomas Lombard on moving away from dosage
- "She had just finished her first harvest before the Second World War broke out and she put all the bottles of champagne behind a wall to hide them from the Nazis." -Lucie Pereyre de Nonancourt on her grandmother's efforts to save her first vintage.
- One reason we’ve come back to Taittinger so often is that we find it just plain pleasing. It has all of the great attributes of Champagne – lovely bubbles, brioche, minerality, great acidity – and it’s wrapped seamlessly into a package that we can enjoy all night.
- Leclerc Briant, led by biodynamic pioneer Hervé Jestin, is one of only 40 Champagne houses that employs biodynamic practice and the only to age their Champagne underwater.
- "We don't sit around and say what we already know about how challenging things are for women. We use our knowledge and experience as leaders to think about constructive change and how to bring it about," said Evelyne Boizel