Joining us in the studio today is Alan Tardi, a James Beard Award winner and the author of the new Champagne, Uncorked: The House of Krug and the Timeless Allure of the World’s Most Celebrated Drink.

He tells us all about what makes "the smallest of the big houses" so prestigious, after focusing his research on its 2013 vintage.

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"When it comes to this idea of blending, Krug is one of the most prestigious. For them, the blend is what they're all about – and as I learned, historically – they always have been about." [13:03] – Alan Tardi

"There are many producers who are also exploring organic viticulture, or also biodynamic producers. It took them a while to get there, but once they've really embrace that, that, I would say, as I encountered it, is a priority among most growers, and also producers." [36:19] – Alan Tardi