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  • A visit to Bisol Prosecco

    It most certainly ranks as one of life greatest pleasures when you are sat enjoying a glass of Prosecco way up in the hills of Cartizze and this is exactly where I was most fortunate to spend a lazy afternoon with Gianluca Bisol who is the current president and CEO of Bisol Prosecco. What makes this Prosecco label […]

  • A visit to Borgoluce Prosecco

    Borgoluce is one incredible winery estate in the DOCG region of Prosecco, but to be honest it also needs to be described as a location that contains everything needed for daily life thanks to pastures, woodlands, orchards, vineyards, dairies and much more. I was very pleased to be able to spend the whole morning with Mr Lodovico […]

  • A visit to Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils

    “It is essential for us to respect what nature has to offer, which enables us to produce high quality grapes.” Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils I was pleased to spend a lazy afternoon with Jean-Christophe Delavenne who is the latest wine-maker and fourth generation of the family Delavenne that have been making Champagne since 1884. This […]

  • A visit to Villa Sandi Prosecco

    If you have never been there then I must say to you that the Prosecco region is really worth a visit and especially if you are keen on wine tourism. This world famous sparkling wine name holds for me some of the most breathtaking views in the world of wine, it is simply a dreamy […]

  • A visit to Champagne Jean Diot

    “Pleasure and sharing is what makes our wines” Jean-Philippe Diot shares with me and a further quote that “Champagne was born to entertain us, to delight us and to gather us” tells you that this wine-maker holds his heart on his sleeve and his dedication is all towards the feelings that Champagne Jean Diot gives […]

  • The Hidden Treasures of the Champagne Region…

    Champagne-Booking is a young company with an unbridled passion for Champagne who wants to share this passion with the whole wide world. They want to break the taboos and myths about Champagne and make Champagne more approachable. Champagne-Booking is an international booking website for free online bookings of activities at Champagne Houses. You can find a variety […]

  • A visit to Champagne Henri Giraud

    With a glass of the Henri Giraud Grand Cru Fut de Chene in my hand I managed to quickly ask Claude Giraud, the current owner of Maison Henri Giraud Champagne a quick question during my recent tour of their properties in Aÿ: I am sure you have countless wonderful experiences drinking Champagne, but for you, which one […]

  • A visit to Champagne Laurent Lequart

    I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet Laurent Lequart from Champagne Laurent Lequart, a house with 10 hectares of vineyards located in the village of Passy Grigny that lays in the heart of the Marne Valley. A small family grower Champagne using local cooperative operations to collect and press its grapes (Dom Caudron cooperative which […]

  • The Prosecco Region explained…

    For many and quite rightly so, Prosecco is a wonderful refreshing and economical way to enjoy a glass of bubbly. Some may call it and confuse it with Champagne, some may say it is too fruity and sweet, ladies will adore it with lunch and professional wine drinkers will love exploring the DOCG and Cartizze […]

  • A visit to Champagne A. Levasseur

    “I like to compare my job to that of a chef as for when I am making my Champagne it is just like I am cooking with ingredients.” David Levasseur. When you first meet David Levasseur, the wine maker of Champagne A. Levasseur, you know you are standing in front of a man with a […]

  • A visit to Champagne Jean-Pierre Launois

    What struck me most when visiting Champagne Jean-Pierre Launois and meeting with current wine maker Julien Launois is here is an entrepreneurial label and some exciting things are happening within this Champagne house… I have visited many Champagne houses now and many of whom are advancing fast by adapting to new wine making methods, the […]

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  • A visit to Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils

    “It is essential for us to respect what nature has to offer, which enables us to produce high quality grapes.” Champagne Delavenne Père & Fils I was pleased to spend a lazy afternoon with Jean-Christophe Delavenne who is the latest wine-maker and fourth generation of the family Delavenne that have been making Champagne since 1884. This […]

  • A visit to Champagne Jean Diot

    “Pleasure and sharing is what makes our wines” Jean-Philippe Diot shares with me and a further quote that “Champagne was born to entertain us, to delight us and to gather us” tells you that this wine-maker holds his heart on his sleeve and his dedication is all towards the feelings that Champagne Jean Diot gives […]

  • The Hidden Treasures of the Champagne Region…

    Champagne-Booking is a young company with an unbridled passion for Champagne who wants to share this passion with the whole wide world. They want to break the taboos and myths about Champagne and make Champagne more approachable. Champagne-Booking is an international booking website for free online bookings of activities at Champagne Houses. You can find a variety […]

  • A visit to Champagne Henri Giraud

    With a glass of the Henri Giraud Grand Cru Fut de Chene in my hand I managed to quickly ask Claude Giraud, the current owner of Maison Henri Giraud Champagne a quick question during my recent tour of their properties in Aÿ: I am sure you have countless wonderful experiences drinking Champagne, but for you, which one […]

  • A visit to Champagne Faniel & Fils

    What initially grabs you with Champagne Faniel & Fils is the character and permanent smile that Mathieu Faniel, the current wine-maker, has for you when you meet him and as he shows you his winery and his wines. The location of Faniel & Fils is in the wonderfully placed village of Cormoyeaux which is nestled in […]

  • A visit to Champagne Laurent Lequart

    I was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet Laurent Lequart from Champagne Laurent Lequart, a house with 10 hectares of vineyards located in the village of Passy Grigny that lays in the heart of the Marne Valley. A small family grower Champagne using local cooperative operations to collect and press its grapes (Dom Caudron cooperative which […]

  • A visit to Champagne Michel Gonet

    Champagne Michel Gonet is a producer founded in 1802 and now boasts a long family tradition of having seven generations producing their wines. The main house sits on 37 Avenue de Champagne where members of the public can visit and have a tasting of their wines, the family owns a total of 40 hectares and […]

  • A visit to Champagne A. Levasseur

    “I like to compare my job to that of a chef as for when I am making my Champagne it is just like I am cooking with ingredients.” David Levasseur. When you first meet David Levasseur, the wine maker of Champagne A. Levasseur, you know you are standing in front of a man with a […]

  • A visit to Champagne Jean-Pierre Launois

    What struck me most when visiting Champagne Jean-Pierre Launois and meeting with current wine maker Julien Launois is here is an entrepreneurial label and some exciting things are happening within this Champagne house… I have visited many Champagne houses now and many of whom are advancing fast by adapting to new wine making methods, the […]

  • There’s Something Special about Champagne!

    Listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco, Champagne has a fascinating history and is highly recommended as a place to visit. The city of Epernay is situated in the heart of 30,000 hectares of vineyards in the French wine region ‘Champagne-Ardenne’. Epernay is the historic centre and heart of the Champagne region. Take a walk along […]

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  • A visit to Borgoluce Prosecco

    Borgoluce is one incredible winery estate in the DOCG region of Prosecco, but to be honest it also needs to be described as a location that contains everything needed for daily life thanks to pastures, woodlands, orchards, vineyards, dairies and much more. I was very pleased to be able to spend the whole morning with Mr Lodovico […]

  • A visit to Bisol Prosecco

    It most certainly ranks as one of life greatest pleasures when you are sat enjoying a glass of Prosecco way up in the hills of Cartizze and this is exactly where I was most fortunate to spend a lazy afternoon with Gianluca Bisol who is the current president and CEO of Bisol Prosecco. What makes this Prosecco label […]

  • A visit to Villa Sandi Prosecco

    If you have never been there then I must say to you that the Prosecco region is really worth a visit and especially if you are keen on wine tourism. This world famous sparkling wine name holds for me some of the most breathtaking views in the world of wine, it is simply a dreamy […]

  • The Prosecco Region explained…

    For many and quite rightly so, Prosecco is a wonderful refreshing and economical way to enjoy a glass of bubbly. Some may call it and confuse it with Champagne, some may say it is too fruity and sweet, ladies will adore it with lunch and professional wine drinkers will love exploring the DOCG and Cartizze […]

  • Bubbly in the Venetian Lagoon

    Often Americans used to end the week by exclaiming: T.G.I.F. Thank God it’s Friday. Let me rephrase this with a slightly poetic shift by saying: T.G.I.S. Thank God it’s Summer! There is no intention to underestimate the other seasons, each one unique in its own way, but summer is the season, the season to celebrate […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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