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  • 2017 Vineyard Breaks: Which Region to visit?

    Planning your summer holidays or just fancy a quick getaway? Why not make it a wine holiday – there are more stunning vineyards than ever right on our doorstep in the UK or you can venture further and escape the winter blues. Champagne, France The most famous wine country in the world. France is full […]

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  • Can you Understand Basic Champagne Lingo?

    As with most industries, the Champagne and sparkling wine industry is full of jargon and specialist terminology. While it’s not necessary to know, if you want to enhance your sparkling wine-buying experience, understanding some of the most common words can help a surprising amount… and they’re quite simple (if you don’t mind learning a bit […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Sparkling Wine Lovers

    What are some fun fizz resolutions to make 2017 sparkle? Here are a few changes you could try and make this year… 1. Taste English sparkling wine If you haven’t already, we highly recommend putting it on your to-do list. English bubbly is getting more recognition than ever and is now available at many supermarkets. […]

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  • How to Taste Champagne & Sparkling Wine Like a Pro

    Been given a fancy bottle of bubbly? Now’s the perfect time to learn how to get the most from tasting it (and show off to your friends). These are some basic tips to get you started: Firstly, make sure the Champagne or sparkling wine is cold – but not too cold. For a non-vintage, around […]

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  • 10 Sparkling Wine Dinner Party Do’s & Don’ts

    So, you want to host a dinner party. You’ve told your future guests, you’ve got your bubbly… now what? It can be quite nerve-wracking to host your own dinner party, especially for the first time, so here are some simple tips for a stress-free, successful evening: 1. Do keep the drink flowing! Of course, we […]

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  • Champagne Taittinger Partner of BAFTA Share the Nominees

    Champagne Taittinger and Villa Maria – proud partners to BAFTA – are thrilled to share the nominees for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017, which will take place on 12th February 2017. Dominic Cooper and Sophie Turner, two of Britain’s finest actors, announced the nominees at BAFTA HQ … let the competition begin. […]

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  • 6 Reasons Sparkling Wine Beats Still Wine

    1. It’s less calorific: A glass of red wine contains 129 calories, compared with Champagne or sparkling wine which tends to have only around 80… quite a big difference when the glasses add up. 2. It has the same (or more) health benefits: it’s often said red wine is good for the heart, but sparkling […]

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  • Veuve Clicquot Unveil 2017 Limited Edition Rosé Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot – the House that pioneered the Rosé d’Assemblage style we know today – has unveiled its 2017 limited edition, customisable gift box for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. Madame Clicquot was the first Champagne producer to break away from the tradition of adding an elderberry-based preparation to create blended Rosé Champagne in 1818 when […]

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  • Will 2017 See a Trend Towards Sparkling Red Wine?

    The UK is growing more in love with sparkling wine every year so it’s unsurprising that alternative sparkling wines are becoming more popular. Once thought of as an unusual concept, people are now growing more fond of the idea of sparkling red thanks to its unique taste and great value. A trend is forecast this […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Champagne Paul Goerg Release 2007 Vintage

    2007 is an unusual vintage, one of the few in Champagne when harvest started in August, like 2003 and 2011. After a very hot and sunny spring, the following months are rather gloomy with a lot of rain. Nevertheless, this cool weather does not impact the lead taken by the vines during the spring and […]

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Champagne Latest

  • Can you Understand Basic Champagne Lingo?

    As with most industries, the Champagne and sparkling wine industry is full of jargon and specialist terminology. While it’s not necessary to know, if you want to enhance your sparkling wine-buying experience, understanding some of the most common words can help a surprising amount… and they’re quite simple (if you don’t mind learning a bit […]

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  • Veuve Clicquot Unveil 2017 Limited Edition Rosé Champagne

    Veuve Clicquot – the House that pioneered the Rosé d’Assemblage style we know today – has unveiled its 2017 limited edition, customisable gift box for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. Madame Clicquot was the first Champagne producer to break away from the tradition of adding an elderberry-based preparation to create blended Rosé Champagne in 1818 when […]

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  • Champagne Paul Goerg Release 2007 Vintage

    2007 is an unusual vintage, one of the few in Champagne when harvest started in August, like 2003 and 2011. After a very hot and sunny spring, the following months are rather gloomy with a lot of rain. Nevertheless, this cool weather does not impact the lead taken by the vines during the spring and […]

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  • Champagne Tumbling Down to Just £7.99 a Bottle

    For many people there will be a pleasant surprise at their local Aldi superstores where they will see Champagne now at only £7.99 a bottle meaning this popular French fizz is even more affordable for all to enjoy. There will of course also be another point of view, as in most things in life usually […]

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  • How to Sabre Champagne

    There’s something very special about seeing a bottle of Champagne being sabred. Here we show you how it’s done, it’s not as complicated as it looks, but you need to be careful as there are many ways of getting it wrong and ending up with a smashed bottle and Champagne all over the floor or […]

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  • Biodynamic Champagnes

    Biodynamic wines are still a rarity in Champagne, but look hard enough and you’ll find some smaller and lesser known producers are making excellent, noteworthy wines. Biodynamic winemaking, with its holistic approach to the vineyard ecosystem and the health of the soil, plants and organisms both above and below ground, demands determination, commitment and belief. […]

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  • Champagne Service by Robots in San Francisco

    I am sure we are all aware that technology is advancing and at an alarming pace too, it surrounds us every where and sometimes we do not even realise when we are using it! What about room service though, that knock on the door for breakfast or for that bottle of wine you have ordered… […]

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  • Champagne of the Sézannais

    The Champagne vineyards of the Marne don’t just stop at the end of the Côte des Blancs. Just under them are those of the Sézannais. They continue over the border with the Aube at Villenauxe-la -Grande. Fontaine-Denis is just a stone’s throw away and it was here I met Florent Collet. Florent has run the […]

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  • Get Champagne Delivered to your Door in 20 Minutes

    Veuve Clicquot have teamed up with Deliveroo to create a new Champagne delivery service offering delivery of a range of chilled and unchilled bottles delivered to offices or homes in just 20 minutes. Users of the app will be able to order a pre-chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut to their door for £52. […]

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  • Perrier-Jouët New Partnership with Andrew Kudless

    Maison Perrier-Jouët has just embarked on a new creative collaboration with designer Andrew Kudless for the 2016-2017 season. He will unveil a new installation specially designed for L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët, a unique immersive experience based around a completely new vision of nature. Andrew will also create an original piece devoted to the ritual of serving […]

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Prosecco Latest

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Prosecco Wins as UK’s No.1 Bubbly on New Year’s Eve

    Prosecco is still the UK’s number one bubbly as sales on New Year’s Eve topped all other sparkling wines, including Champagne. According to data from Epos Now, between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in a study across 800 UK pubs, Prosecco accounted for 18% of drinks sales. Champagne was not far behind at […]

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  • 10 Reasons why you may have Fewer Bubbles in your Glass of Prosecco

    Fewer bubbles in your glass of Prosecco is virtually never to do with poor quality fizz. 1. Detergent residue on your glass Any traces of detergent left on the inside of your glass will kill bubbles.  Make sure you rinse your glasses well, and then rinse again. 2. Using a cloth laundered in fabric softener […]

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  • Gigglewater Prosecco Launched in the UK

    Gigglewater is inspired by the 1920’s American term for an alcoholic beverage. Gigglewater offers a Prosecco DOC; a frizzante secco in bottle and 20cl can, as well as a range of 20cl canned flavoured sparkling wines. Catherine Monahan, founder/CEO of Gigglewater Wines says: “With growth of sparkling wine continuing at around 23% we are really […]

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Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • Champagne Flavoured Crisps

    Fortnum and Mason have started selling luxury crisps. Made with home-grown produce from the family farm in Cambridgeshire and hand-cooked in small batches, the Savoursmiths snacks come in different flavours including Champagne and truffle. Champers & Serrano Chilli: ‘The crisp bubble of Champagne is accented with a touch of sea salt and a warming kick […]

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  • Sweet & Savoury Treats to Enjoy with Champagne

    Food company Caprera, who sell high-quality products from independent producers, have given us their top picks for pairing with Champagne. On the savoury side, CNWC Crackers Halen Môn Sea Salt Crackers offer a classic, non-invasive taste, ensuring that the taste of the Champagne is not compromised.  Featuring a satisfying crunch and sea salt from Anglesey, they […]

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  • Traditional British Roast Dinner with English Bubbly

    I was one, and I am sure of many, that would have chosen a red wine to accompany one of my favourite meals, the traditional British Sunday Roast. I would have added to the already heavy dinner with a deep heavy red wine assuming that this was the most perfect match and over the years I […]

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  • Nibbles at the Bar with your Champagne

    I’m quite sure that for many of us a glass of bubbly in our hand, what is seen as the king of wines, is the most important thing to be concentrating on and if nibbles are on the menu then it’s simply whatever is fine as you concentrate on the bubbles in your glass. Bar […]

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