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  • International launch of Cava de Paraje Calificado in London

    I was delighted to have been invited to the international launch of the all new Cava high quality classification that is Cava de Paraje Calificado. The Gherkin has held a few amazing tastings and launch events that I have attended in the past so myself along with several other top industry wine professionals gathered both excited and […]

  • Red ‘n’ Bubbly

    You might think that red would be a natural colour for a sparkling cocktail. After all, even if red bubbly per se generally falls into the category Germans call dreimenchenwein – the drinker having to be held down by two other men – with pink Champagne surely one is halfway there? And anyway, what about […]

  • Supermarket Fizz: Part 1 – Spar

    For many, frequently in the past and still sometimes today, supermarkets and convenience stores are a haven for those of us looking to purchase our weekly supply of wines with many stores holding huge selections and employing some of the best wine buyers to get award winning and unique options. Even though many stores lead […]

  • Connoisseur’s Cellar London introduces ‘André De Villeneuve’

    Connoisseur’s Cellar London, Established in 2017, are passionate about bringing high quality Champagnes and wines from lesser known brands to the London and UK market. Co-founders Azim Sachedina and Theo Aberia aim to fill their cellar with exceptional stock exclusive to the UK market at an affordable price. “We are delighted to add to our cellar […]

  • Champagne Season

    With the changing of the clocks and the crack of fireworks behind us, we are on the home straight towards festive chaos and all the wonderful vinous delights that the silly season entails. Yet the romantic in me still enjoys pairing wines with the weather and in the final days of November, against a backdrop […]

  • Interview with Italian Winemaker Piero Masi

    Noted Italian winemaker Piero Masi is one of the seven partners of India’s leading Fratelli brand of wines. Among the unusual influences he has introduced into Indian winemaking is an unusual zero dosage sparkling brut, the Fratelli Gran Cuvée Brut. This wine is hand-harvested and made by the method traditionelle. With India still a relatively […]

  • Wine Bloggers, Journalists and Influencers – Who and what are they?

    I wanted to take a look at a certain part of the wine industry that I would say fits one of the main roles I see myself having and that is wine blogging/journalism. Now this is a section of the industry that is quite full at present, especially thanks to the internet and the emergence […]

  • Champagne de Venoge Releases Gold within a Golden Bottle!

    Champagne de Venoge are hitting a very ‘celebrational moment’ (as if we need an excuse to enjoy Champagne) in that they are coming up to the 180th birthday! So of course bubbles are in order and to make the moment even more special they have what I call, gold within a golden bottle, their 1996 […]

  • Discover Champagne Vollereaux

    Born into a wine-making family established in Pierry and Moussy since 1805, it was at the end of the Great War that Victor Vollereaux decided to promote his own Champagne. He achieved his first vintage in 1923 and offered his production to a circle made of his friends and relations. This operation was repeated from […]

  • Lambrusco, the Sparkling Red of a Land in Tune

    One of the most famous operas written by Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian opera composer, at the beginning offers sort of lightheartedness in listening to these words: “ Libiamo, libiamo ne’ lieti calici, che la bellezza infiora; e la fuggevol’ ora s’inebrii a voluttà. Libiam ne’ dolci fremiti che suscita l’amore, poiché quell’occhio al core onnipossente […]

Champagne Latest

  • Connoisseur’s Cellar London introduces ‘André De Villeneuve’

    Connoisseur’s Cellar London, Established in 2017, are passionate about bringing high quality Champagnes and wines from lesser known brands to the London and UK market. Co-founders Azim Sachedina and Theo Aberia aim to fill their cellar with exceptional stock exclusive to the UK market at an affordable price. “We are delighted to add to our cellar […]

  • Champagne Season

    With the changing of the clocks and the crack of fireworks behind us, we are on the home straight towards festive chaos and all the wonderful vinous delights that the silly season entails. Yet the romantic in me still enjoys pairing wines with the weather and in the final days of November, against a backdrop […]

  • Champagne de Venoge Releases Gold within a Golden Bottle!

    Champagne de Venoge are hitting a very ‘celebrational moment’ (as if we need an excuse to enjoy Champagne) in that they are coming up to the 180th birthday! So of course bubbles are in order and to make the moment even more special they have what I call, gold within a golden bottle, their 1996 […]

  • Discover Champagne Vollereaux

    Born into a wine-making family established in Pierry and Moussy since 1805, it was at the end of the Great War that Victor Vollereaux decided to promote his own Champagne. He achieved his first vintage in 1923 and offered his production to a circle made of his friends and relations. This operation was repeated from […]

  • Discover Champagne Charles Heston

    Champagne Charles Heston is situated just 15 minutes from Reims centre, on the Route Touristique du Champagne. The winery was founded in 1951, it has more than 120 wineries on about 115 hectares of vineyards spread over several areas of the Massif Saint-Thierry. The three main grape varieties for Champagne are grown here, Pinot Meunier (roundness and fruity), […]

  • Deciphering Nuances within Pinot Noir Dominant Champagne

    We have different tastes. It’s not just our imagination; it’s genetic. Oenologist Charles-Eric Vilain XIII claims, “Taste is very personal”, whether it’s wine, chocolate, cheese, art, or music. Many claim Pinot Noir Champagnes the most elegant, in the same way, that vintages are presumably better, but leave it to your taste buds to decide. What […]

  • Discover Champagne Météyer Père & Fils

    Since 1860 and with 6 generations of transmitting knowledge from father to son, Champagne Météyer, a Vigneron Indépendant (independent wine grower) produces Champagnes with an intense elegance; blended and single vines. Besides Champagne, the Champagne House reveals a unique surprise; in its 18th century renovated cellars, you will find a family museum where all stages […]

  • What Champagne is and Why It’s Difficult to Separate from our Dining Table

    Vacation is hard to separate from “popping” cork! Bottles of wine and Champagne are always waiting to be opened at a festive party. No matter how popular these two drinks are, many people today are finding it difficult to distinguish the two drinks. Of course there’s always a simple answer like that Champagne is the […]

  • Discover Champagne Boutillez-Marchand

    Champagne Boutillez-Marchand is a family run Champagne House established in 1960 and today managed by Marion Boutillez and Jean-Michel Sourdet. Situated in Villers-Marmery, a village in the Montagne de Reims, with 6.40 ha of vineyards. This exceptional terroir is mainly planted with the Chardonnay grape which is used to produce Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. This […]

  • Discover Champagne Faniel & Fils

    Champagne Faniel & Fils is located on the Route Touristique du Champagne in Cormoyeux; a small Champagne-making village in the Marne nestled at the bottom of La Vallée du Brunet. You will find them in a former monastery built in 1673. This village has a geographical singularity giving it all its charm during all seasons: […]

Prosecco Latest

  • A Visit to Montelliana from Asolo DOCG Prosecco

    “Sometimes a co-operative operation people will simply see as a big brand winery when in fact it is only a small one, but it is due to the power of a collective amount of small wineries that gives it its dominance. This I feel is certainly the case with Montelliana.” Christopher Walkey. What I really appreciated […]

  • A Visit to Tenuta Amadio from Asolo DOCG Prosecco

    “There is something romantic, peaceful and perfect about Tenuta Amadio and also a touch of the fairy tale for this winery has its very own church up on a small hill overlooking it! Splendid wines and a young and innovative brand that has a great chance to increase its production and awareness globally.” Christopher Walkey A wonderfully […]

  • A Visit to Pat del Colmel from Asolo DOCG Prosecco

    “What a wonderful picturesque location Pat del Colmel winery has, simply a postcard photo from every angle showcasing the fine beauty of the Asolo DOCG region – a shining pearl. I’m just sorry that a few hours stay was simply just not long enough!” Christopher Walkey Pat del Colmel is a perfect family grower label, all […]

  • A Visit to Montelvini from Asolo DOCG Prosecco

    “A winery that combines tradition in what it does, with a modern approach… “ As part of my tour of the Asolo Montello region I had an appointment to visit Montelvini winery and the opportunity to meet current president Armando Serena (since 1968) who not only still helps in the operation of his winery today, he also is […]

  • A Visit to Martignago Cantina Sant’Andrea from Asolo DOCG Prosecco

    In the small town of Maser that is located at the foot of the Asolo hills, you will find Martignago Cantina Sant’Andrea winery. A family grower with a long history of growing vines in the region that currently offers a selection of nine wines with a range of Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG. The family currently own and manage 8 […]

Chefs Corner

  • Bubbles & Côté Mas Food Pairings

    When looking for a fine winery, one searches primarily for authenticity. Domaine Martinolles, one of Domaines Paul Mas’ 12 estates, finds its legitimacy in the rich history of the region. It resides in the Limoux appellation area in St Hilaire, birthplace of “La Prima Perla”, the first bubble. The method of sparkling wine production was […]

  • A Meal without Wine is like a Day without Sunshine

    Wine is no longer reserved for the weekend and now, double Royal Warrant holders Corney & Barrow have got your midweek meals covered. The independent wine merchants have teamed up with experts to offer some tasty inspiration with a delicious selection of recipes to match their own label wines. For a long time house wines […]

  • Champagne Armand de Brignac & Arnaud Lallement

    On September 1, three Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement and Champagne Armand de Brignac debut a new luxury tasting menu, exclusively available at the five-star, Relais & Châteaux hotel L’Assiette Champenoise. A historic first, this is the only culinary experience in the world to offer each of the Champagne’s five prestige cuvées in one place. Tucked […]

  • Pairing Irish Cheese with Champagne

    Let’s discover cheeses from a country with beautiful landscapes, surrounded by the sea and a fantastic and lively capital, yes Ireland. Farmhouse cheeses are produced across the country yet each cheese is an expression of its own particular part of Ireland. Gubbeen is a semi-hard cheese, with a washed rind with brine, which makes the cheese […]

  • Enjoy Sparkling Wine with Pasta

    We all love pasta, (and those in the know love it al dente) but how many of us go further and check the quality of the product itself? If you know about wine, you’ll laugh at German Liebfraumilch – and if you know about food you’ll avoid popular brands of inferior pasta. In the wine […]

  • Pairing Billecart-Salmon Champagne with Indian Cuisine

    The restaurant, Mint Leaf of London, Dubai,  is housed on the 15th floor in Dubai International Financial centre’s South Tower and as the lift opens, the dim lighting in the corridor immediately sets the mood. A hostess offers to show me around first, which I gleefully accept. I am shown the lounge area. Sofas and floor rugs here and […]

  • Food Pairing with Champagne A.R. LeNoble

    Established in 1972 and inspired by their love for France, California’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery has had a thirty year history with sparkling wine. J by Jordan was started by winery founder Tom Jordan in 1987 and until 1993 was produced at Jordan Winery. At this point, J by Jordan was moved to its own […]

  • Cheers to Champagne & Chocolate

    Sipping a glass of sparkling wine before nibbling on a rich carré of Belgian chocolat noir … Whoever said you can’t pair chocolate with Champagne? Taste habits have unquestionably evolved over time. Modern gastronomy trends and palate preferences are a far cry from the sweet tendencies of 50 years ago. Today’s taste is drawn to […]

  • Sparkling Wine & Cheese – Creamy, Crispy & Bubbly

    Wine and cheese are two very old friends. Traces of cheese has been found dating back to 2800BC and wine is even older. Both have been made by accident. The juice of the grapes kept in their natural yeast and the milk kept in a pouch, created to travel, made from animal’s stomach! I am […]

  • Blue Cheese & Red Sparkling Wine

    Well for sure many of you will already be offering me advice of enjoying some fine port to run alongside blue cheese and in deed I have enjoyed a few times such pairings and they have always been enjoyable. Having tasted many varieties of sparkling wines from our growing choice of growers from around the […]

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