Cooking & Entertaining

Distinctive Vintages: Fine French Wines & Spirits

Fine French winemaking culture is personified in three regions that are as noble as they are prestigious: Cognac, the ancestral birthplace of Hennessy; Champagne, home to legendary houses such as Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Krug, Ruinart, and Mercier; and Bordeaux, graced by the magical château Yquem. Unparalleled richness of soil coupled with the passion and genius of exceptional entrepreneurs have upheld the success of these famous nectars, to which this book offers an exuberant tribute. An exceptional showpiece, Distinctive Vintages features dramatic design elements including sixteen gatefolds and over fifty other special effects such as die-cuts, inserts, and movable pieces, which make this luxury object a unique and memorable fetish item.

About The Author

Alain Stella is the author of The Book of Spices, The Book of Coffee, The Little Book of Coffee and Mariage Frères French Tea, which have all achieved great international success.

  • Publish Date: September 16, 2008
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Beverages - Alcoholic - General
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9-3/4 x 15
  • Pages: 244
  • US Price: $200.00
  • CDN Price: $229.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-030494-0


"This lavishly designed tome pays tribute to some of France's most prestigious wine-producing estates...the book includes new and historical photographs, archival documents, wine labels, vintage postcards and several stunning fold-out pages." ~France Magazine

"Alain Stella savors the world's most Distinctive Vintages. Oh life is sweet." ~Vanity Fair

"The incomparable portfolio is celebrated in a suitably lavish new book called Distinctive Vintages." ~Black Book

"you can read about these legends, and other top wineries in the Moet Hennessy empire, in the opulent, oversized volume Distinctive Vintages, by Alain Stella, which features eye-popping photos..." ~Town & Country

"Inside this fabulous goldgilded package are new and historical photographs, archival documents, wine labels, replica vintage postcards, ephemera and moveable pieces." ~Edible Aspen

“Everything you need to know about French winemaking is packed in this limited-edition, encyclopedia-like guide.” ~Uptown

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