Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year's Gifts? Why not?

If you didn't quite complete your gift-giving at Christmas, the Daily Dish from LA Times has a tasty idea for a New Year's present.


“Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy” by wine importer Charles Nealcomes to mind. Picture yourself (or your giftee) in a big armchair, sipping your way through some of the amber apple brandies described herein as you bone up on Calvados.

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.

He has been working on this book for more than 10 years and contributes an insider’s view, tasting notes and short profiles of more than 200 producers. Though he’s no Avedon, he’s captured some wonderful faces in his snapshots. The 766-page tome is clearly a labor of love put together over a couple of dozen trips and thousands of kilometers through the Normandy countryside.

 
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