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Flame Grape Press publishes authoritative works about French brandy and the people who produce it. Our latest release is a comprehensive look at the French region of Normandy and the producers of its unique apple brandy and pear brandy known as calvados.

Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy by Charles Neal

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Released in the autumn 2011, this decorative 700+ page book has a wealth of information about the Normandy region of France and its Calvados producers. Author Charles Neal journeys into the generations-old orchards of Normandy and novel literary terrain.

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"Calvados" is an astounding 700-page stroll through the history and culture of Normandy and Calvados producers, through orchards and cellars, down to seemingly esoteric details, like what a producer might have scribbled in chalk on a typical barrel.

  • Eric Asimov, New York Times

Neal explains the varieties of apples (or pears) used, how the fruit is picked, made into cider, and then distilled and aged. But more importantly, how to taste and appreciate this unique spirit.

  • S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

...an essential reference on an underappreciated topic.

  • Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle

A delightful volume for reading in bites, as if one is enjoying a buffet of words about a splendid drink.

  • Joe Pollack, Palate Press

"Calvados" is a not only encyclopedic in scope, discussing the apple blossoms to the finished product but beautiful in presentation — a gorgeous book.

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Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy

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