3 out of 4 stars
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The Instant Champagne Expert by Rudy Ernst is a short and simple guide to a familiar drink. Ernst speaks from his personal experience growing up near the Rhine. He guides the reader through the definition of champagne, the champagne-making process, and the health benefits of champagne and wine.
I learned a number of things about champagne and was reminded of some things I had learned before. Like most readers, I already knew that true champagne only comes from a specific region of France called Champagne, but I didn’t know that it was cloudy until Veuve Clicquot invented a way to extract dead yeast from the bottle, creating the clear champagne we’re familiar with today. Readers will learn this and other information about the drink in Ernst’s book.
I also enjoyed that the book was well-organized with chapters and subchapters. From the introduction to the conclusion, I felt that each page built upon the previous one. I think most people could learn something from this quick read, but connoisseurs may be familiar with most of the information already. The author can be a little condescending on occasion, but it’s not unexpected that someone who grew up in champagne cellars would be disapproving of mimosas and strawberry wine.
I only have a couple of complaints about this book. First, the formatting looks more like a pdf document than a book, primarily because the print is very large and there are blank lines between paragraphs. Between this and the multiple grammatical errors I found, I’m fairly sure that a professional editor was not consulted. Also, the book is only 28 pages and took less than half an hour to read, so I’m not sure I would recommend paying $9.50 for the Kindle version. If the author expanded the book to include more information about wine and the differences between various types of wine and champagne, it would likely attract more paying readers.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed learning some new facts about champagne, and the author is obviously well informed. However, the lack of professional editing led me to take away one star. I considered removing another for the length, but the author didn’t try to misrepresent his book, and the shortness may appeal to some readers. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in champagne. It doesn’t contain any inappropriate material, but it may not be of interest to people who are below the legal drinking age.
The Instant Champagne Expert
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