Stars in a glass: release of the second edition


The definitive manual for making a high-quality Champagne method sparkling wine is even better.

Paso Robles, Calif., 4/7 — Today, Paso Robles author and winemaker Pedro Vargas released the second edition of his book titled Stars in a glass. The second edition adds 30 pages of valuable information to help winemakers through the process of making sparkling wine using the traditional Champagne method. The book includes new sections on basic wine adjustments, heat and cold stability, sparkling rosé, and helpful tips. The second edition also gives readers access to valuable spreadsheets and online calculators to make the process easier.

stars in a glass guides the reader through all the critical steps in making high quality sparkling wine. This includes harvesting and pressing, base wine fermentation, draw fermentation, riddling and disgorging. The first edition was well received, with sales in all the best wine regions of the world, proving the need for such an instruction manual. Vargas demystifies how Champagne is made and puts its production within the reach of winegrowers and cellars of all sizes. stars in a glass is a manual containing the step-by-step details of making high quality sparkling wine using innovative methods and tools designed by Vargas.

“It was gratifying to see how well received the first edition was, and I was thrilled when the book started selling in all wine regions of the world,” Vargas said. “I knew there was a need, and the enthusiastic response motivated me to include this additional content for the second edition to make the book even more valuable.”

In stars in a glass, readers will find a step-by-step instruction guide, including charts and worksheets that Vargas has developed to make it easier for both professional and amateur winemakers. The technical writings contain quotes and anecdotes that make the book a fun and educational read, not just a reference manual.

The “stars” are the bubbles that delight the palate of Champagne and sparkling wine lovers around the world. Traditionally, this ethereal beverage called Champagne or sparkling wine (as it must be called in the United States) was reserved for royalty like kings and tsars and shrouded in mystery. The secrets of its production techniques were jealously guarded by the few famous families who owned the Champagne houses of France. While it’s widely considered easy to make still wine, sparkling wine requires precise techniques and special equipment, making it difficult for most wineries to try their hand at it. Vargas unraveled the mysteries and produced an award-winning sparkling wine of consistently high quality in the traditional Champagne method. Now you can too!

Stars in a Glass: Second Edition is available worldwide as a Kindle e-book and paperback on Amazon Books and sells for US$24.99 (ebook) or US$44.99 (paperback). Go to

About the Author

Pedro Vargas is a graduate of the UC Davis Certified Winemaker program. He is an award-winning winemaker with accolades at notable wine competitions including the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition and the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. An electronics engineer by training, he founded several successful high-tech companies and found time to excel as a scuba diving instructor, musician and father. He lives with his wife Vicky and winery chickens Sassy and Ginger in the famed Paso Robles wine region, where they operate Vino Vargas, a boutique winery specializing in Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine. Facebook and Instagram: @vinovargaswine.


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