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  • Enjoy Champagne & Sparkling Wines by the River Thames with Gillray’s

    For anyone that enjoys walking the wonderful and diverse streets of London will know very well that Westminster Bridge is one of the busiest spots for tourists. A famous landmark that connects Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey with the London Eye and most importantly, for those seeking culinary and sparkling wine delights, the Marriott County Hall […]

  • A Touch of Frost Bites in to Champagne

    A touch of frost, that cold morning of spectacular views, especially within the country, is what is a curse to many farmers and growers and it can have a bitter effect in the world of growing grapes for producing wine. The Champagne region has once again suffered with a late frost which has caused losses […]

  • 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 […]

  • Great Hotels serving Incredible Champagne

    I have been lucky enough to have travelled the world in my life and sampled wines, spirits and Champagnes in many of the places I visited. One thing that I have found, that seems to be a universal running theme, for most world travellers, is that we like to try things on vacations, we might […]

  • Anna De Codorníu Terrace on the Thames

    Spain’s largest producer of high quality cava, Codorníu, is launching an al fresco terrace at DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside hotel to showcase its range of sparkling Anna wines. The Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames will pop up on 10th May 2017 for five months serving the full Anna range of premium […]

  • Waitrose Starts Exporting English Wine To China

    Waitrose has become the first supermarket to start exporting English wine to China. As part of the supermarket’s support of the English wine industry, four English sparkling wines will be sold through the Royal Mail store on Tmall, the huge Chinese online marketplace operated by Alibaba Group, from 12 April. With over 100 wines available […]

  • Enjoying a Glass of Bubbly at the Cheltenham Wine Festival

    You could say that the Cheltenham Wine Festival toasts in Spring with a glass of bubbly, and this year, set in the Regency splendour of the Pittville Pump Room, on a beautiful Cotswolds spring day, a memorable tasting was certainly instore for those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket, as its popularity […]

  • A Simple yet Classic Single Malt Whisky & Prosecco Cocktail

    Who doesn’t love to explore the world of fine Whisky and of course enjoy a glass of fizz thanks to that great sparkling wine region of Prosecco. So, what about combining the two – Can it be a match made in heaven? Here with have a very simple, easy to make whisky and Prosecco cocktail […]

  • Warner Leisure Hotels Introduce Prosecco Taps

    For a limited time only the Warner Leisure Hotel site is serving Prosecco in its en suite bathrooms through special pressurised taps. Guests at one of North Wales’ most popular hotels, Bodelwyddan Castle are in for a treat after a request from a customer was taken literally. The most exclusive rooms have been upgraded from the […]

  • Bubbles & Cheese

    Here are my top two sparkling wines paired with two great British cheeses. La Jara, Frizzante Rosé NV, Veneto, Italy An amazing semi-sparkling rosé from Prosecco producer La Jara, they use a little bit of the red grape, Raboso, to give the wine it’s lovely pale coral colour. It is dry on the palate and […]

  • Top 10 Tips to Help you Understand & Buy Champagne

    Perfect Foods with Champagne other than caviar Scallops with Extra-Sec Blanquette de Veau with Blanc de Blancs Fish & Chips with everyday good quality Brut Seafood platter with Zero Dosage Lobster and langoustine with a Blanc de Noirs Pink lamb with mature Vintage Rosé Apple crumble with Demi-Sec Duck and beef with Mature Vintage Summer […]

Champagne Latest

  • Top 10 Tips to Help you Understand & Buy Champagne

    Perfect Foods with Champagne other than caviar Scallops with Extra-Sec Blanquette de Veau with Blanc de Blancs Fish & Chips with everyday good quality Brut Seafood platter with Zero Dosage Lobster and langoustine with a Blanc de Noirs Pink lamb with mature Vintage Rosé Apple crumble with Demi-Sec Duck and beef with Mature Vintage Summer […]

  • James Bond & Champagne

    Just as there have been many dashing actors portraying the infamous James Bond over the years, he has had many fabulous Champagne co-stars. With the twenty fourth James Bond film ‘Spectre’, Daniel Craig’s James Bond Champagne co-star is the 2002 Bollinger R.D. (Recently Disgorged) Extra Brut. Bond and Bollinger Champagne (founded in 1829) have been […]

  • Champagne Bureau Tasting London March 2017

    When you have been in an industry for a few years you certainly get to find out who the characters are, those to know, those to stay clear of, ones who will make you laugh, those who will educate, some who are forever serious and then sometimes even romance blossoms just like any other business […]

  • Roundabouts & Champagne Flutes

    The villages in the appellation are well known for their Champagne themed decorations. The Aube has one new one and another in development that will add to an already rich collection. Hautvillers is famous for its iron hanging signs. These can also be seen throughout the Champagne making area. Some villages have murals. Old presses […]

  • ‘R’ is for Ruinart

    Of all the houses in Champagne, a lady of course has her favorites. One of mine happens to be the oldest established Champagne house, that has been producing Champagne since 1729. That house is Ruinart, located in the historic city of Reims. Ruinart currently produces three non-vintage selections; Blanc de Blancs, ‘R’ Brut and a […]

  • The Art of Sabrage

    The Art of Sabrage originated in France during the Napoleonic wars. The story says that the legendary Barbe Nicole Ponsardin, known today as Veuve Clicquot, after her husband’s death (veuve in French is widow), took over the company and managed to became one of the largest exporters of Champagne for the royal courts in Russian […]

  • Step in to the World of Champagne Charles Heidsieck

    When you are in the business of Champagne and Sparkling Wine then a whole world of exploration and experiences lay before you from tasting the wines to standing in the middle of the vineyards where they are made, you get to sample each and every part that takes things from a seed to a glass […]

  • A Woman Amongst Men – Moët & Chandon’s Elise Losfelt

    A woman running a business was unheard of in 19th Century France. Yet the Champagne widows did just that, ‘veuves’ who stepped in to fill the shoes of husbands killed in battle or dying otherwise: Mathilde Emilie Perrier lost her husband Eugene Laurent and went on to launch the first “Grand Vin Sans Sucre,” or […]

  • Champagne – The Better Half

    As an avid Champagne drinker, I have discovered that a half bottle is often the perfect treat for a casual brunch, to start a meal, the right amount for an afternoon delight, or an evening nightcap. Here are some of the many that I love. Lanson Black Label Brut In 1798, the Maltese Cross became […]

  • A New Dawn For The Aube

    The word ‘aube’ in French means ‘dawn’ in English and it’s also the name of the southernmost region of the Champagne region. So far, so straightforward, but this area of Champagne is also referred to as La Côte des Bar. You may not have heard either name and it’s true that the region is much […]

Prosecco Latest

  • Warner Leisure Hotels Introduce Prosecco Taps

    For a limited time only the Warner Leisure Hotel site is serving Prosecco in its en suite bathrooms through special pressurised taps. Guests at one of North Wales’ most popular hotels, Bodelwyddan Castle are in for a treat after a request from a customer was taken literally. The most exclusive rooms have been upgraded from the […]

  • Prosecco: Looking Beyond the Label

    Prosecco is a lovely, friendly, flowery sparkling wine from North-East Italy, with William pears aromas and it had record sales last year. But how many people realise that the wines from different zones vary as much as clothes from Primark to Prada? Over the last two years the name Prosecco has become synonymous with unpretentious […]

  • Why is Prosecco so Popular?

    Nowadays you may see more people tweeting about what how “Prosecco made me do it” or how it’s “Prosecco O’Clock” than ever before, but what has caused this seemingly sudden Prosecco culture? There’s no denying this Italian bubbly is popular. It’s currently the best-selling sparkling wine in the UK across many major supermarkets, boosting sales […]

  • World’s Most Expensive Prosecco

    Casanova Prosecco have launched an ultra-expensive ‘Swarovski Edition’ Prosecco DDOC. There are two available: the standard 75cl bottle which is fully coated with 3,37 individual Swarovski crystals, and a larger magnum which has 6,145 crystals. The elegant standard bottle comes at a price of £1,290. Each bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity. As for […]

  • 5 Ways to Spot a Great Prosecco

    With this Italian bubbly becoming all the rage, why not step up your game and see if you can spot some higher-end Prosecco? 1. Says Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG A large area of north-eastern Italy produces Prosecco, but 2 small villages are designated with the best quality: Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. If it says ‘Prosecco DOC’ it […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • Bubbles & Cheese

    Here are my top two sparkling wines paired with two great British cheeses. La Jara, Frizzante Rosé NV, Veneto, Italy An amazing semi-sparkling rosé from Prosecco producer La Jara, they use a little bit of the red grape, Raboso, to give the wine it’s lovely pale coral colour. It is dry on the palate and […]

  • Why popping English Sparkling Wine is the Best Idea for a Fish & Chips Dining Experience

    The topic of English Fizz and Chips has been a frequent one of recent years with more and more experts advising us that it is not only Champagne bubbles that should accompany one of our country’s best loved meals. So exactly which drinks do pair well with fish and chips? Beer and ales are popular, […]

  • A Sparkling Match for Cheese

    My client asked a simple question to the Champagne makers he met that day. Which cheeses go with which Champagne? They all looked puzzled and replied that cheese was only served with red wine. I was intrigued and decided to do my own research. In the last few years people in the French dairy industry, […]

  • Food & Sparkling Wine Pairing – Art or Science?

    Champagne and oysters… a pairing that is known by food lovers worldwide to be a perfect match. Similarly, Champagne and caviar is also a famous pairing. Why is this? Is it because they are both ridiculously expensive and represent luxury and opulence? Or is it because they really are a good match? It wasn’t until […]

  • Bollinger & Japanese Cuisine

    It is a gorgeous, cool evening in Abu Dhabi. Spring is upon us. Anyone who has been here or to Dubai will know what a premium a temperate evening is., especially as we await the onslaught of Summer. KOI, the restaurant, lounge and bar that celebrates the elevation of Japanese cuisine to a different level […]

  • Champagne and Sparkling Wine with Desserts

    Roger Jones, Michelin Star Chef and Food & Wine matching expert looks at unusual ways to match Champagne and Sparkling wines to desserts. Dishes were designed by Roger and Karl Abraham, Head Pastry Chef at The Park House Restaurant in Cardiff where Roger is the Executive Consultant Chef. Demi Sec Clearly not the classic combination […]

  • Fish, Chips and Fizz?

    Has there been a shift in the perceptions of sparkling wine? Picture the scene. It’s 1920, the elite of society have grabbed life by both hands after the war, enjoying revelry and freedom which was quite new for those who had grown up in the Victorian age. Ladies with their cigarette holders and loose yet […]

  • Creamy, Crispy & Bubbly

    Sparkling wine or Champagne paired with cheese might not sound natural. You might think, cheese goes best with red wine. If I tell you that sparkling wine or Champagne can be a very good companion with cheese, would you believe me? You should because it’s true! During my time at work and home, I have […]

  • 7 Tasty & Down-to-Earth Champagne Food Pairings

    There are a few well-known Champagne food pairings, such as caviar and cheese, but it doesn’t have to be so limited. Pairing with Champagne means complementing or contrasting the wines acidity and flavours. Champagne’s natural dry nature with slight sweetness makes it pair beautifully with salty food, but it can also keep up well with […]

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