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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Battle of the Bubbles

    Early in January Michelin Star Chef and Wine Journalist, Roger Jones hosted a Battle of The Bubbles in Cape Town to highlight the emergence of South African Cap Classique Sparkling wines and compare them to the rest of the World. Last year he had hosted a duo between South Africa and England, with a resounding victory […]

  • Free Cheese and Wine Festival Coming to London

    Mark your calendar for the first two days of April as a cheese festival will be taking place in London’s East Village. The free event offers guests the opportunity to eat plenty of cheese and drink lots of wine, without breaking the bank. This temporary cheese-lovers paradise, located in Victory Park, will feature the very […]

  • Feeling Fess-tive

    Fess Parker, was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. After his acting career Parker devoted his life to his winery, Fess Parker Family Winery and Vineyards in Los Olivos, California. I recently visited the winery and The Bubble Shack to experience their newest addition, […]

  • ‘Prosecco Road’ in Australia

    King Valley River is a wine producing region in the Australian state of Victoria, home to the charming sparkling wine hub of ‘Prosecco Road’. A visit to the valley may make you think you’ve stepped into northern Italy thanks to the region’s heavy Italian influence – Prosecco in particular. It was Otto Dal Zotto who […]

  • Easy & Fruity Sparkling Wine Punch Bowl Recipes

    A colourful punch bowl is the centrepiece of the party, mixed with fruits, juice and fizz. These recipes can use any kind of sparkling wine, a Prosecco is a good option. Punch bowls are quick and easy to make. You can whip one together in a few minutes using just basic ingredients: Bubbly, ice, ginger […]

  • Step by Step Guide to Serving a Glass of Bubbly

    You want to make sure you and your guests get the most out of that nice bubbly you bought, so here’s how to serve like a pro. Step 1 – Make sure the bottle has been sufficiently chilled – approximately 2 hours in the fridge or 20 minutes in an ice bucket. Step 2 – […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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