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International Orders for Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy

Charles Neal Calvados book cover and open viewCharles Neal's highly praised volume about the French spirit calvados is now available for order in Europe. This 766-page hardcover book is full of photographs, stories, and history about the cider brandy calvados. You'll meet more than 200 calvados producers.

Neal is also the author of Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy, which is now available in paperback.

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Domestic Orders

Personalized copies of Charles Neal's Calvados and Armagnac books are available by mail order direct from Flame Grape Press to U.S. addresses. Details »

Press About Charles Neal's Calvados

"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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