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Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes

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Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes

…behind the bubbles

While we can’t all be like Marilyn Monroe and fill up our bathtubs with 150 bottles of champagne for our evening bath, that doesn’t mean we can’t get behind the bubbles… metaphorically speaking of course!

Champagne is perceived worldwide as the epitome of style and sophistication, and it is universally recognised as France’s greatest gift to civilisation. The very mention of the word champagne conjures up fond memories of joyous celebrations, from christenings and 21st birthdays to weddings and New Year’s Eves. But how did a bubbly beverage that was originally decried as a poor piece of wine-making make the transformation into liquid gold, worthy of the momentous events in our lives?

With a shared passion for wine and sparkling humour, Fritz Gubler and Jayne Powell craft a fascinating tale of method, madness and art in Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes…behind the bubbles.

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Did You Know…

  • It is estimated that each glass of champagne contains more than 21 million bubbles.
  • Many of the great Champagne Houses have been run by women, beginning with Veuve Clicquot in 1805.
  • Non-vintage (NV) champagnes are expertly blended from a range of base wines, often from different growing years.
What's Inside

History in a Bottle

Discover the fascinating history behind many of the great producers—from Moët & Chandon to Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger and Krug—and the inspiring stories of the remarkable women who have stamped their authority on the champagne industry. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of champagne, where the ideals of luxury and sophistication that permeate the wine have been diffused through the visual arts, film, television and more.

From Grape to Glass

More than just a superb chronicle of champenoise history, Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes is a practical guide for sparkling wine beginners and oenophiles alike. In Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes you’ll understand the unique science behind the creation of champagne—from picking and pressing grapes to fermentation and disgorgement. From tasting notes on a range of iconic non-vintage champagnes to advice on the perfect serving temperature, Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes helps you make the most of every sip.

About the Authors

About Jayne Powell (Champagne Jayne)

Christened “Champagne Jayne” by friends and colleagues early on in her professional life, today Jayne Powell is a respected independant reviewer and expert in champagne. Jayne thoroughly enjoys her career in writing, speaking and facilitating nights of champagne education and entertainment – and her mission in life is to make this icon of luxury available to everyone.

About Fritz Gubler

Following a long and successful career in the hospitality industry, in 2008 Fritz Gubler published the first in the Great, Grand & Famous series, Great, Grand & Famous Hotels. Fritz is also certified as a sommelier in French wines, and with Great, Grand & Famous Champagnes: Behind the Bubbles, he has created another book that is sure to enrich readers’ enjoyment of life’s luxuries. 

Book Details


240 pages


300 mm x 230 mm


500 + images throughout


Hardcover, jacket with French-folds plus place-marker ribbon




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