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  • When Gin meets Fizz

    Many of us love cocktails, especially when we are out with our friends and we are gazing through the drinks menu. It’s the cheeky option by ordering a cocktail, the I dare you to try that one or I want to treat myself fuel to get the party going. They have names which we would […]

  • Sekt Sparkling Wine from Austria

    Sekt tends to be known as sparkling wine made in Germany, but there is also fantastic Sekt being made just below, in Austria. Austria is a beautiful country, home to the architectural and cultural hub of Vienna. Their Sekt has its own unique personality, different even from their German cousins. The tradition of winemaking in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Armenian Sparkling Wine Production Rises 8.4%

    Armenia might not be the first place you think of when it comes to sparkling wine, but you may be surprised by this country’s long winemaking history which continues to this day. According to ArmenPress, Armenia produced almost over 6 million litres of wine in 2016, of which 713 thousand litres were sparkling – an […]

  • The Rise of Ontario Sparkling Wines

    Canadian sparkling wine offers amazing value and taste, so it’s no surprise the industry is rapidly growing. The province of Ontario is producing exceptional bubbly with help from the ideal growing conditions, such as the cool climate and limestone-based soils. Niagara and Prince Edward County in particular share similar conditions to the Champagne region. Ontario […]

  • Curry & Bubbly

    Time for your usual weekly curry? Move over beer, it’s time we treated ourselves to a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine with our meal and it tastes even better. The finer bubbles in sparkling wine stimulate the palate and the aromas of Champagne (and many other sparkling wines) compliment the delightful spices in Indian […]

  • Relax with a Glass of Bubbly

    Sharing some sparkling wine with your friends is great, however, sometimes a relaxing afternoon or evening to yourself warrants a little sparkle too. Treat yourself and open the bubbly to enjoy in a relaxing bubble bath, sitting quietly reading a book with a glass of bubbly is a decadent luxury in many people’s busy lifestyle […]

  • Sparkling Rosé Paired with Romantic Desserts

    Pink bubbly is always popular on Valentine’s Day. How to make it even better? Pair it with something sweet… Sparkling Rosés First, it’s time to pick out the perfect fizz. You can find rosés from all around the world, from rosé Champagne, pink Cava and an elegant rosé English sparkling wine. There’s plenty available in […]

  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Try South African Methode Cap Classique

    Bubbly enthusiasts might know that South Africa is famed for its ‘Methode Cap Classique’ (MCC) wines. These are premium South African sparkling wines made in the Cape using the traditional method. South Africa’s sparkling wine region is growing and it’s an exciting time for the industry and for consumers who get to taste these delightful […]

  • Sparkling Wine Sales Help Aldi Rise to 5th Largest Supermarket

    Despite the fact dry January has just ended, Aldi has had a 4% sales boost for wine and beer during the month. This means the German-owned Aldi has taken over The Co-op to become the UK’s 5th largest supermarket. Aldi’s total sales for the year, the 12 weeks up until January 29th 2017, rose 12.4% […]

  • What’s the Biggest Champagne Bottle size?

    There are 14 recognised sizes of Champagne and sparkling wine bottles in total, starting from the Piccolo (just a quarter of a standard bottle) up to the massive Melchizedek, 40 times the size of a standard bottle! In 2014, London’s biggest ever bottle of Champagne arrived at Searcy’s Champagne bar. The bottle of Champagne Drappier […]

Champagne Latest

  • Best Champagne Served at Casinos

    Casinos are a great way of being entertained. It is not a surprise that super casinos are so big that they even start to dominate the entire city – like in the case of Las Vegas. While the rise of online casinos has really threatened the land-based counterparts, these land-based casinos do have their advantages. […]

  • What’s the Biggest Champagne Bottle size?

    There are 14 recognised sizes of Champagne and sparkling wine bottles in total, starting from the Piccolo (just a quarter of a standard bottle) up to the massive Melchizedek, 40 times the size of a standard bottle! In 2014, London’s biggest ever bottle of Champagne arrived at Searcy’s Champagne bar. The bottle of Champagne Drappier […]

  • Interview with Antoine Roland-Billecart of Champagne Billecart-Salmon

    “We are different, we have over ten cuvées, most of the competition will only ever have five or six.” Antoine Roland-Billecart On a fresh winter afternoon, we took up the invitation from Champagne Billecart-Salmon to attend a fine lunch and master at The River Cafe by The Thames, London. A perfect menu, an impressive guest […]

  • 8 Stunningly Beautiful Champagne Bottles

    While looks aren’t everything, these bottles manage to boast taste and beauty. Tsarine Rose Champagne Lantern – £40 Gift Set at MoonPig This gorgeous bottle, revealing the salmon-pink of the rosé bubbly beneath, stands out from the rest. With the Tsarine Lantern gift tin, you can use the bottle after it’s finished with a tealight […]

  • How to Make a Champagne Toast in 16 Languages!

    Show off your worldliness with these Champagne toasts from around the world… Santé (don’t forget to look everyone in the eye)! Chinese (Mandarin): Gān bēi (GAN BAY) 乾杯! Dutch: Proost! (PROWST) French: Santé! (SAWN-TEH) / À votre santé! (AH VOT-Ruh SAWN-TEH) German: Prost! (PROHST) Greek: Yiamas! (YAH MAS) Στην υγειά μας! (Stin iyá mas!) Hungarian: […]

  • Perfect Champagne Gifts for Valentine’s Day

    Champagne is one of the ultimate symbols of romance and luxury. It makes the perfect gift for your other half, your friends or even better – for yourself! Here’s some fantastic and romantic Champagnes you can easily pick up from store or order online: Lanson Rose & Black Mini Duo, £26 at MoonPig.com Can’t decide […]

  • 10 Things That Must Appear on All Champagne Labels

    Wines produced with the ‘Champagne’ name must follow strict rules, including the production method, grapes used and areas produced, to ensure a quality sparkling wine. Those guidelines extend all the way to the label on the bottle. Here are the 10 things all Champagne labels have to include and what they mean: 1. ‘Appellation of […]

  • Champagne Devaux Experience

    There seems to be a theme surrounding the Champagne Houses and ‘widows’, carrying on the history and philosophy of their founders. No exception is Devaux Champagne, founded in 1846 by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux. The House truly developed under the successive management of three widows of character, Claude-Joseph, Augusta-Maria and Marguerite. However, in 1987, […]

  • Why these 3 Superstar Grapes Dominate Champagne

    You may have noticed that Champagne is dominated by three main varieties of grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Most Champagnes are made with a blend of these. Up to 90% of Champagnes use a blend of around 70% red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and 30% white grape Chardonnay. Only less than […]

  • How Long Can I Keep my Champagne Before Drinking it?

    Maybe you want to stock your cellar with bubbly or have recently discovered an old bottle in the back of the basement and you’re wondering if it’s still good to drink. Non-vintage Champagnes can be aged for around 3 years, provided they are correctly stored in a cool, dark environment. If you have managed to get […]

Prosecco Latest

  • 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 […]

  • Aldi Sold Approx 69,000 Bottles of Prosecco a Day in December

    Aldi had a 15% jump in Christmas sales in 2016 thanks to their premium products and Prosecco. The supermarket sold over 2 million bottles of Prosecco – almost 69,000 bottles a day. Included in that total is 47,918 magnums at £12.99 and 70,726 mini bottles at £2.15 although the majority were bottles at £5.39. Aldi recently launched […]

  • Lowest Calorie Prosecco?

    At only 66 calories per 100ml glass, Cirotto’s newest Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Brut is possibly the lowest calorie Prosecco you can buy. The fizz boasts a very low sugar level of only 3g per litre; less than a quarter of most Prosecco at around 16g. At 66 calories, it’s even lower than the ‘Skinny […]

Chefs Corner

  • Curry & Bubbly

    Time for your usual weekly curry? Move over beer, it’s time we treated ourselves to a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine with our meal and it tastes even better. The finer bubbles in sparkling wine stimulate the palate and the aromas of Champagne (and many other sparkling wines) compliment the delightful spices in Indian […]

  • Sparkling Rosé Paired with Romantic Desserts

    Pink bubbly is always popular on Valentine’s Day. How to make it even better? Pair it with something sweet… Sparkling Rosés First, it’s time to pick out the perfect fizz. You can find rosés from all around the world, from rosé Champagne, pink Cava and an elegant rosé English sparkling wine. There’s plenty available in […]

  • Mushrooms: The Perfect Complement to Champagne & Sparkling Wine

    Mushrooms are a tasty, low-calorie and a versatile ingredient that can be made in so many different ways. What’s even better, mushroom dishes taste beautiful paired with a glass of sparkling wine. Here are a few ideas to put together for your next dinner-to-impress. Creamy mushroom pasta A classic dish and a great choice for […]

  • Sushi and Sparkling Wines

    Many readers will be just like me and can never say no to sushi! The beauty of sushi is that it caters for many people’s dietary requirements and there really is a limitless recipe list on how to enjoy this popular Japanese cuisine. We were invited by YouMeSushi to taste a selection of the sushi […]

  • Vegan Foods to pair with (Vegan) Bubbly!

    It’s Veganuary! Whether you’re a long-term vegan or just dipping your toes, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a good meal and glass of fizz. Check out these vegan-friendly Champagnes and sparkling wines – then it’s time to decide, what food to pair with it? Sparkling wine is really versatile and pairs with almost anything, from sweet […]

  • Sparkling Wine & Fried Food: A Match Made in Heaven

    When it comes eating food with Champagne and sparkling wine, the first thing many people think of are sophisticated meals like lobster, caviar and duck. While these are tried and tested classics which undoubtedly go well with a glass of bubbly, why not try something a bit more down-to-earth? As sparkling wine becomes more popular […]

  • Valentine Canapés

    Valentine Canapés with Hartz Barn Wines Black Bead Sparkling La Grein 2006. “Roses are red, so is my wine. Refill my glass & I’ll be just fine” Barossa Valley and red wine go hand in hand. Like bread & cheese or chocolate & strawberries, red grape varieties love growing in this historical area of South Australia. […]

  • Enjoy Prosecco Desserts this Christmas

    If enjoying a glass of Prosecco isn’t enough for you this Christmas, you can also enjoy Prosecco in many desserts this year. Waitrose is selling a Prosecco Panettone and a Semi-Fredo festive dessert made with meringue and Prosecco cream. Asda has an Extra Special Italian Panettone & Prosecco pudding, which has Prosecco and brandy infused cinnamon […]

  • Sparkling Wine for Thanksgiving

    This Thursday, 24th November 24th is Thanksgiving Day, which traditionally kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the United States. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a joint resolution of Congress changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. Eating turkey is actually more associated with […]

  • Enjoy Amedei Chocolate with your Bubbly this Christmas

    Premium chocolatiers Amedei Tuscany have unveiled their Christmas gift sets for 2016.  From September, consumers will be able to order their Christmas Boxes for both corporate and private gifts.  The boxes feature textured ivory paper with embossed gold decorations, evoking the image of rays of sun shining on the thick snow of a white Christmas.  […]

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