The Nerd's Guide to Champagne

The Nerd's Guide to Champagne

About the Book

Champagne is without doubt one of the most popular wines in the world. Maybe even the most popular. It is the wine we drink whenever there is a special occasion: birth, birthday, New Year's Eve, or any other celebration. We like to drink it before a nice meal. We expect it at receptions and we are disappointed when the host has chosen cheaper bubbles to replace it. Champagne, in short, means joy, pleasure, fun.

Yet champagne has a nerdiness over it. The complicated process of the second fermentation in the bottle, and the even more complicated way the Champenois interpret this method, make champagne by far the most "technical" wine in the world. While climat, soil and grapes are important, the winemaker and she alone determines the quality and style of the wine. I write "she", not to be politically correct, but because actually many champagne makers are female.

So there is a need for this book. And even if there weren't, I would have written it. Because I am a bit nerdy myself, and because I like champagne a lot. Have fun.

About the Author

Peter Doomen
Peter Doomen

Peter is a full-time enterprise architect at SD Worx, a leading HR company, and vice president of the Belgian Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects.

In his spare time, he is a wine taster and member of the National Committee of the Flemish Wine Guild (Vlaamse Wijngilde). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Ken Wijn-magazine, the largest Flemish wine magazine, and 2013 National Champagne Ambassador.

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