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  • Planning your Visit to Champagne

    There’s something special about a trip to Champagne and if you’re planning a visit then you need to check out Champagne-Booking who just adore Champagne and want to share their passion for Champagne and the beautiful surroundings of the Champagne region of France with the whole wide world! Famous, of course for its sparkling wine, which […]

  • Maggie Henriquez – Queen of Champagne

    So how many chances in life, do you get to interview an icon of an industry? Well, I can say I have been lucky enough, and blessed, to have done many interviews with some industry icons for my radio show. Racing icon, Mario Andretti, multiple Grammy award-winning music icons, Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, Drummer […]

  • Vintage Champagne

    Vintage – an ordinary word which can somehow lift the spirits or confound and confuse. When used in terms of fashion it can quite throw me. I get it that a handbag my grandma might have used can be described as vintage, but surely not the pale green cotton flares I was wearing what seems […]

  • Consider Cava

    In the ancestry of sparkling wine; let’s consider Cava, Champagne’s distant cousin. Cava is made by the traditional method, the same as Champagne and spends at least nine months on its lees. Most Cava is non-vintage with lower acidity than Champagne. The Spanish grapes used to make Cava are Macabeu, Xarel-lo, and Parellada for the […]

  • Three Days of Champagne Picnics

    Between June 3rd-5th more than 400 independent winemakers will turn France into the largest picnic area in Europe. This will be the seventh time the event has been held. If you’re in the Champagne region 34 winemakers will be ready to welcome you. This is nine more than last year and shows the importance of […]

  • There’s more than one way to Fizz a Wine!

    French Ancestral Method is alive and well in Spain. Contrary to popular belief, Dom Pérignon did not invent sparkling wine. Adding sugar to a bottle of still wine, thus provoking a second fermentation, was in fact first performed by an Englishman, Mon Dieu! Indeed Christopher Merret’s experiment occurred some years before the much vaunted Dom […]

  • Barack Obama Celebrates Visit to Milan with Ferrari Trentodoc’s Bubbles

    “Really Delicious!” said Barack Obama about the Ferrari Trentodoc served during the gala dinner hosted on May 8th in Milan by the Obama Foundation, in the glamorous rooms of Palazzo Clerici. The former US president set the stage of its first public appearance abroad after the end of his term in Milan, welcoming the invitation […]

  • 2017 International Alsace Varietals Festival featuring Crémant d’Alsace

    Planet Grape Wine Review presented recently during the sold out Educational Session at the 2017 International Alsace Varietals Festival, held at the Mendocino Fairgrounds in Boonville amidst the rolling hills and meadows of California’s Anderson Valley. Dr. Liz Thach MW and Fred Swan Diploma WSET joined me for a lively panel presentation of the sparkling wines of […]

  • Champagne Lanson’s 40th Year at Wimbledon

    ‘The Perfect Start to… Summer’ campaign continues with The Championships, Wimbledon, Champagne Lanson’s 40th-associated year with the world’s favourite tennis championships. As the Official Champagne Sponsor, Champagne Lanson is the only Champagne poured throughout The Championships, an accolade Champagne Lanson is proud of and has held exclusively for 16 years, since 2001. Champagne Lanson will officially […]

  • Jean-Charles Boisset Releases La Victoire Champagne

    Jean-Charles Boisset, one of the most passionate, hardworking people in the wine industry has done it again. This time, with Champagne… and it is downright delicious. Jean-Charles wanted to celebrate the history behind Agoston Harasthy (considered the Father of California viticulture and founder of Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma) and his son Arpad’s legacy. Arpad […]

  • Champagne Lanson Sponsors Chestertons Polo in the Park

    Champagne Lanson’s ‘The Perfect Start to… Summer’ campaign will begin with its exclusive Champagne sponsorship of Chestertons Polo in the Park on 9th June 2017. This will be Champagne Lanson’s third year with one of the most hotly anticipated fixtures on London’s sporting and social calendars. Champagne Lanson will once again be recreating its largest […]

Champagne Latest

  • Maggie Henriquez – Queen of Champagne

    So how many chances in life, do you get to interview an icon of an industry? Well, I can say I have been lucky enough, and blessed, to have done many interviews with some industry icons for my radio show. Racing icon, Mario Andretti, multiple Grammy award-winning music icons, Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, Drummer […]

  • Vintage Champagne

    Vintage – an ordinary word which can somehow lift the spirits or confound and confuse. When used in terms of fashion it can quite throw me. I get it that a handbag my grandma might have used can be described as vintage, but surely not the pale green cotton flares I was wearing what seems […]

  • How did Champagne Become a Mandatory Accessory for Celebration?

    Champagne has always been a special treat to the senses. Its fine bubbles can’t be reproduced by any means – no artificially added bubbles give your tongue quite the sensation of the traditionally manufactured Champagne. Sparkling wine varieties are to be found in many countries, ranging from Italy’s ‘Frizzante’, Spain’s ‘Cava’, Germany’s ‘Sekt’, and many […]

  • Jean-Charles Boisset Releases La Victoire Champagne

    Jean-Charles Boisset, one of the most passionate, hardworking people in the wine industry has done it again. This time, with Champagne… and it is downright delicious. Jean-Charles wanted to celebrate the history behind Agoston Harasthy (considered the Father of California viticulture and founder of Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma) and his son Arpad’s legacy. Arpad […]

  • Carynx Luxury Champagne Coolers

    When it comes to fine wines we do see a fair amount of focus placed on serving suggestions from glassware to food compliments, decanters to ideal temperatures and rightly so many wine professionals would say as would the wine makers themselves. Fine wines can be classed as a fine art, the beauty that each bottle […]

  • 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 […]

Prosecco Latest

  • Add Edible Rose Gold Glitter to your Prosecco

    Glam and glitz up your Prosecco for any occasion with an iridescent rose gold shimmer. With a raspberry flavour and heart-shaped flakes of gold simply add half a spoonful of raspberry shimmer popaball for Prosecco available from Lakeland to a glass of Prosecco and watch it fizz and cascade down the flute, leaving behind a lovely […]

  • 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 […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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