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Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy
by Charles Neal

...an essential reference on an underappreciated topic.
— Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle


Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy
by Charles Neal

A lively and well-researched book. Impressive and timely.
— Gerald Asher, Wine Editor, Gourmet Magazine


by Charles Neal

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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

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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