It's called the noble spirit and king of brandies--and who better to explain why than the world expert on cognac and celebrated bartender Salvatore Calabrese. This royal drink is his obsession, and before you're through with these elegantly illustrated, information-filled pages, it will be yours, too. Calabrese introduces you to the leading families and houses in the business and, decade by decade, gives the fascinating history of cognac (a delicious tale, with a backdrop of sin and seduction). Here, too, are the personal stories of those in the small area in France who produce the golden liquid, a summary of the distillation process from grape to cask to bottle, tasting notes for a selection of the finest vintages, tips of the trade, and handsome photography. An insightful reflection on a very special liquor.