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Champagne: The History and Character of the World's Most Celebrated Wine
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Champagne: The History and Character of the World's Most Celebrated Wine

Title: Champagne: The History and Character of the World's Most Celebrated Wine
Author: Serena Sutcliffe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
It would be picturesque to say that the rise of champagne was as inexorable as the bubbles that float up the centre of a glass. But champagne's prominence was hard won and covered centuries of varying social conditions. The graph did not go steadily upwards; it wavered and turned, and occasionally dipped alarmingly. The popularity of wines can follow fads and fashions, and demand and sales can be dependent on wars and alliances and all sorts of political manoeuvres. Added to these imponderables is the fact that champagne, however glamorous, is agricultural in origin and therefore as vulnerable to blight, disease, and bad weather as any other crop.
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