Bernadette O’Shea: Champagne & Chandeliers

February 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

“With joyous and abundant bubbles”,   This is how Bernadette O’Shea signs off on her website and begins her exquisite book Champagne & Chandeliers.  This book, like Bernadette’s life is a tribute to the universal drink of celebration. And celebrate she should as her book ‘Champagne & Chandeliers’ was a recent finalist in the prestigious ‘Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards’ for 2010.  Bernadette O’Shea also won the Vin de Champagne award in 1984 and received a French Government knighthood ‘Chevalier de l’orde du Merite Agricole’ for her work in the Champagne industry.

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Not only is Champagne & Chandeliers beautifully presented, frothy and frivolous.  It is a unique anthology compiled of 220 champagnes, monumental celebrations, aged cellars, priceless artifacts and fine art.  Both novice and connoisseur will learn the art of matching champagne as a versatile food wine and gain historical insight into the private banquets of royals, politicians and celebrities.  As Christian Pol-Roger has written in the foreword,

 “You will find in this book a dash of autobiography, stories, sketches, portraits, tastes and aromas, an array of experiences that describe and enrich the collective memory of champagne.”

I hope to imbibe my own copy whilst sitting under the glow  of a chandelier, and of course, with champagne in hand. 

Here at Novel Lines we have two numbered editions of Champagne and Chandeliers.  Limited to 200 copies each has been signed by Bernadette O’Shea.  [pp242, hard cover, 4to, profusely illus. in colour, fine condition. qtr. cloth with gilt decoration and titles at spine and front cover.No dust jacket as issued, includes index of champagnes]

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