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  • Label or Content? How do you Judge your Bubbly?… Honestly?

    I love blind tastings. I love them because they are so honest. There is just the wine and your taste buds, nothing else to lean back on. Maybe I like this form of tasting because I’ve never felt the pressure to ‘like the right stuff’, so I can really relax and be honest, but the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Frozen Angel

    Champagne…Brandy… Curacao…Maraschino…and – ice cream! Where on the cocktailing earth can we be? Deep within Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930, that’s where! The recipe in question is the oddly named Soyer-au-Champagne. No ice used at all. A sort of cross between a Champagne cup and an ice cream soda. Well, yum yum! Obviously […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Choosing Bubbly to go with Your Chocolate Easter Eggs

    Easter’s coming up, which means one thing… lots of chocolate. Why let the kids have all the fun? Treat yourself to some chocolate paired with a glass of bubbly! Chocolate with sparkling wine can actually be quite a tricky pairing if you want to get the best match, but there are ways to make the […]

  • Guide to Enjoying Champagne

    Storage Store Champagne in a cool, dark place away from heat, light, vibrations and severe temperature variations. Champagne is ready to drink upon release, and, for the most part, does not improve with age. Bottles do not need to be stored on their sides. Chilling Before serving, chill the wine well but do not freeze it. Place […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bubble Reputations

    Sparkling cocktails are Fun. But that doesn’t mean they’re trivial. The difference between a sparkling cocktail and a Champagne Cocktail is that in sparklers the bubbly is an addition to the drink not its base. It doesn’t have to taste of it. If you think that means the bubbly is there just to turn a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Enjoy Bottomless Pizza & Prosecco in Manchester

    Buca di Pizza is taking over the old Baltic Cellar site on Lloyd Street and is set to open this spring. They will be offering all-you-can-eat pizza and unlimited refills of Prosecco. This new venue follows on from their successful place in Leeds where diners have 90 minutes to enjoy their Pizza and Prosecco for […]

Champagne Latest

  • 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 […]

  • Guide to Enjoying Champagne

    Storage Store Champagne in a cool, dark place away from heat, light, vibrations and severe temperature variations. Champagne is ready to drink upon release, and, for the most part, does not improve with age. Bottles do not need to be stored on their sides. Chilling Before serving, chill the wine well but do not freeze it. Place […]

  • The Angel of Champagne

    When you visit most of the important Champagne houses in Reims today the buildings you see were either rebuilt or restored after the First World War. About 90% of the town was destroyed by German bombs. The inhabitants were lucky to have the many Champagne cellars to take shelter in. Underground schools were set up […]

  • Five Myths about Champagne – Debunked

    No matter what kind of drink you drink, alcohol or otherwise, there are plenty of myths floating around. Some are hearsay, some are passed down from parents to children simply because that is what they always have believed. If you are a parent, you may have had ulterior motives to saying something about Champagne that […]

  • Relearning the Classic Champagne Cocktail

    The classic Champagne Cocktail develops in the glass. You don’t, to quote Harry Craddock, ‘drink it quickly while it’s still laughing at you’ like other cocktails. You sip it slowly because the nuances change from first to last. But then the classic Champagne Cocktail isn’t a mere topping-up with expensive bubbles, but a cocktail whose […]

  • How to Choose Champagne for Bingo Night

    Did you know that 83% of Bingo players multitask while playing the game? They actually do and the fact that you can play the game physically with friends as well as online on bingo sites only increases the number of other activities you can be involved in while engaging in your favourite game. If you can […]

  • 7 Reasons Why Champagne is the Best

    Why Champagne? Sadly, people consider it a drink for special occasions and very few are aware of the amazing benefits of this fizzy drink. There are well proven scientific reasons to drink this misconceived ‘luxury’ drink. In fact, Champagne is as good as a red or white wine and as odd as it may sound, […]

  • Exclusive Interview with Olivier Krug

    As a wine writer, there are always certain labels you must taste in order to confidently compare tastes and experiences, within Champagne Krug is a must. Prestigious and specialised, traditional with charm, since 1843 Krug Champagne has certainly made itself a highly respected name within king of wines and wine of kings as the Everest […]

  • 5 Reasons Champagne Tastes so Good

    From the moment you choose the perfect bottle to the unfortunate moment it’s all gone, drinking Champagne is an experience. There’s just something about the fresh, slightly sweet taste and fizziness than can’t be compared to any other drink. So what exactly makes it so irresistible? 1. The Production: Champagne is made using methode champanoise or ‘traditional […]

Prosecco Latest

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • Pancakes & Prosecco

    The trend this year for pancake day is to make your pancakes sparkle. If you want something different than just ordinary pancakes then try adding 4tbsp of Prosecco to the batter and enjoy the fizz of Prosecco pancakes. You can still enjoy your normal toppings, we recommend traditional lemon and sugar and round it off […]

  • 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 […]

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