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  • Fine Champagne, Fine Innovation with the chance to Invest and Enjoy

    It was only a year ago that I was happy to receive an invitation from Julien Launois to visit his winery where he gave me a tour of his fairly recently acquired new winery and a taste through his Champagne labels. Now, one year on, I am back for more… Here’s why: So, what makes […]

  • A visit to Cava Codorniu

    “A most impressive range of Cava that takes big strides forwards of quality as you taste through their range. You are impressed from the first to the last with the finer vintage range really bellowing out some amazing flavours to rival any quality traditional method vintage. Here we are being shown what qualities the Cava […]

  • Dom Pérignon to say goodbye to Richard Geoffroy in 2019

    An eager and well educated by the master himself, Vincent Chaperon, will take over from Richard Geoffroy as cellar master for the Champagne house Dom Pérignon from January 1st 2019. Richard Geoffroy has enjoyed a world celebrity status in the business of fine Champagne and a respected face for many, I have enjoyed a few dedicated […]

  • English Sparkling Wine Fox & Fox win National Champion and a Gold Medal

    The 60th Vino Ljubljana awards took place in Slovenia and are regarded as the worlds oldest dedicated wine awards with a proud history. 43 judges to include myself as a representative from the UK (22 countries all took part in judging) descended upon the capital of Slovenia to taste through 425 samples in the hunt […]

  • A visit to Slovenian Sparkling Wine Bjana

    In the heart of the Goriška Brda wine growing region you will find Bjana, a family run winery producing an award winning selection of fine sparkling wines which are matured within Chateau Dorišče, home to one of the oldest cellars in Slovenia. Miran Sirk is the current owner and winemaker (his great grandfather, Franc Obljubek, purchased the estate following the World […]

  • A visit to Slovenian Sparkling Wine Carga since 1767

    I simply love visiting wineries across the world that have previously won a medal or trophy at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards so it was a real pleasure to pop in to see  Čarga | Since 1767 and taste on site their gold winning (Meditation) Donna Regina Extra Brut 2009. The winery is located in […]

  • Is Cava about to hit the fast lane?

    There is so much choice out there in the world of sparkling wines that at times it can become mind boggling so just how does any country, wine region or wine label stand out from the crowd and develop itself a market in the UK? I want to take a look at Cava and if they […]

  • More Men than Women purchase Prosecco in the UK!

    A recent research carried out by Conzorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC has revealed, that contrary to belief, it is men that are purchasing more Prosecco over women which many we are sure will find very surprising! Amongst the 8 million consumers of prosecco in the UK, 56% of all prosecco purchasers at retail are men. “Women […]

  • A re-visit to Champagne Boizel on Avenue de Champagne

    The Avenue de Champagne still ranks as one of my most favourite places in the world of sparkling wines and so much so that each and every time I visit Epernay I simply must take a walk or drive up and down this famous location to gaze in admiration at the Champagne houses and architecture it offers… […]

  • A visit to Champagne Roger Brun

    The first time that I had the pleasure of bumping in to Champagne Roger Brun is when they entered our World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards last year (we do not judge at our own awards so the first taste we had was in fact at our awards evening sparkling wine reception one month after […]

  • A visit to Champagne Wafflart-Briet

    Located in Sacy, a premier cru village just 15 minutes away from Reims you will find Alexis and Rachel who are the 5th generation of the Wafflart-Briet family to manage and run the winery. It is a husband and wife partnership and very much a family brand – Rachel is originally from England. Wafflart-Briet Champagne […]

Champagne Latest

  • Fine Champagne, Fine Innovation with the chance to Invest and Enjoy

    It was only a year ago that I was happy to receive an invitation from Julien Launois to visit his winery where he gave me a tour of his fairly recently acquired new winery and a taste through his Champagne labels. Now, one year on, I am back for more… Here’s why: So, what makes […]

  • A re-visit to Champagne Boizel on Avenue de Champagne

    The Avenue de Champagne still ranks as one of my most favourite places in the world of sparkling wines and so much so that each and every time I visit Epernay I simply must take a walk or drive up and down this famous location to gaze in admiration at the Champagne houses and architecture it offers… […]

  • A visit to Champagne Roger Brun

    The first time that I had the pleasure of bumping in to Champagne Roger Brun is when they entered our World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards last year (we do not judge at our own awards so the first taste we had was in fact at our awards evening sparkling wine reception one month after […]

  • A visit to Champagne Wafflart-Briet

    Located in Sacy, a premier cru village just 15 minutes away from Reims you will find Alexis and Rachel who are the 5th generation of the Wafflart-Briet family to manage and run the winery. It is a husband and wife partnership and very much a family brand – Rachel is originally from England. Wafflart-Briet Champagne […]

  • 290 years ago, Champagne came to be!

    Once upon a time, a young King of France bemoaned the fact that he had to forego Champagne whenever he visited his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Some 290 years later, the decision he took still reverberates as a fundamental shift in cultural habits in societies all over. Since with power comes responsibility, de Venoge Champagne […]

  • Billecart-Salmon Masterclass with Bicentenary Cuvée & Le Clos St Hilaire

    “Always subtle wines from Billecart-Salmon, tightness consistent, enjoyable flavours and everyone of them fit for a special occasion and fine food pairing.” My thoughts towards Champagne Billecart-Salmon and even more so following the recent masterclass in London offered by the brand for a select few industry writers – We were also welcoming two new labels […]

  • A visit to Champagne Chapuy

    A visit to Champagne Chapuy is a visit away from the traditional to the modern in that there isn’t any old character house nor dusty chalky old cellars fronting the label and instead we have a modern near industrial estate feel to its location, but I was keen to visit this well known Champagne producer from Oger […]

  • A visit to Champagne Lacuisse Frères

    Located just a few km’s south of Reims and in amongst picturesque rolling hills of Champagne vines stands the grower label Lacuisse Frères. Open to consumers to pop in and taste their Champagne, you will be met by a member of the family / team to show you around the winery to include a visit […]

  • A visit to Champagne Philippe Gamet

    With 9 hectares and a production of 80,000 year annually, Philippe Gamet is a Champagne producer that is located just outside of Epernay in Mardeuil. The family producer is led by Philippe who is the current wine maker and head of the brand – 55% of their estate is planted with Meunier, 35% with Pinot Noir and […]

  • A visit to Union Champagne

    Union Champagne: 2,000 winegrowers, 1,366 hectares and a young and little known Chardonnay focused Champagne label of ‘De Saint Gall‘. The Union Champagne is an impressive co-operation style winery with a grand membership of 2,000 winegrowers and an even more impressive 1,366 hectares managed under its name – 62% Grand Cru, 28% Premier Cru and […]

Prosecco Latest

  • Pairing Prosecco DOC with fine foods by Head Chef Danilo Cortellini

    Though Prosecco has had a very good time of recent years with increasing sales and fans across the world, it has also taken on the tag of being the cheaper sparkling wine alternative especially against the likes of Champagne. I do not really want to compare the two, but for consumers it is still very […]

  • Bisol, from 1542 to the future of Prosecco Superiore

    The Lunelli Group unveils an ambitious project aiming to turn Bisol even more into a reference point for the Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene. Bisol is a winery that has played a great role in the history of Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene. It presents itself to the world using a new language hinged on its basic […]

  • Understanding Prosecco Better

    Prosecco for many is that new fizz fix in our lives from weddings to the cheap bottle for two at our local bar, the symphony of ripe fruity flavours it offers suits many of our palates and makes for an easy drinking solution to suit any occasion. Fear not, this is not an in-depth educational […]

  • L’Antica Quercia – Matiu’ Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut – Silver Summer Days

    Congratulations to Societa’ Agricola L’Antica Quercia S.R.L. with their Matiu’ Conegliano Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut which received a silver medal at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards 2017. A panel of 36 top industry wine judges tasted all the entries for 2017 and were able to not only scores wines with medals, but also place […]

  • Ruggeri – Argeo Prosecco Treviso Doc Brut – Silver Summer Days

    Congratulations to Ruggeri with their Argeo Prosecco Treviso Doc Brut which received a silver medal at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards 2017. A panel of 36 top industry wine judges tasted all the entries for 2017 and were able to not only scores wines with medals, but also place them in to easy to […]

Chefs Corner

  • Cheers to a Healthy Body with Champagne and Sushi

    Are preserved and fermented foods good for your health? Let’s take sushi and Champagne as an example. There are many different types of sushi, but the most popular is Makizushi. The term makizushi refers to rolled sushi — a filling of fish or veggie wrapped in vinegared sushi rice and nicely wrapped in toasted nori […]

  • Champagne, Fried Food’s Best Friend

    Champagne: a celebratory drink for every victory and a companion to most food types. Not to be mistaken for sparkling wine, which is basically its own category, Champagne is granted its name by the place it is made in — Champagne, France. This ichor from France has been paired with so many types of food, […]

  • So, Which is the Best Champagne to Pair with Shellfish?

    What we must remember here is that not only are there many types of shellfish offering many flavours and ways of being prepared and served, Champagne also gives us great diversity in styles and suitability in pairing with certain foods. Without doubt, Champagne is a popular wine now to be placed on a wine list for food […]

  • Cheese Please Though with Champagne or English Fizz Medal Winning Wines?

    Battle of the bubbles, English Fizz vs Champagne, sparkling wine and cheese parties and more have happened a great many times that these headlines are not really head turning anymore… But here we just wanted to put to battle two Gastronomic medal winning sparkling wines, Champagne vs English Sparkling Wine, with some fine soft cheese. […]

  • Burger and Fries with Champagne Please!

    “What’s for dinner tonight?” “Burger and chips…. ” “Oh?” “Homemade burger and chips that is!” “Ah! Let me find a Champagne to go with that then… ” I certainly don’t mind this style of dinner in our household, a chance to get the fingers greasy and pretend that we can cook a homemade burger as […]

  • Fine Fizz fit for Festive Fun

    Over the last year or so I have done a lot of travelling and visiting many of the top sparkling wine regions of the world from exploring the family producers of Georgia to guided tours of the fabulous sparkling wines produced here on home soil. What sticks in my mind when it comes to sparkling […]

  • Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cheese & Friends

    We recently visited Gastronomica in Pimlico, London and following a taste through their cheese selection and sparkling wines, we had acquired the itch to re-visit and this time bring a host of wine and cheese critics for an afternoon of cheese and fizz pairing. The afternoon saw Christopher Walkey (Founder of Glass of Bubbly), Emma […]

  • Bubbles & Côté Mas Food Pairings

    When looking for a fine winery, one searches primarily for authenticity. Domaine Martinolles, one of Domaines Paul Mas’ 12 estates, finds its legitimacy in the rich history of the region. It resides in the Limoux appellation area in St Hilaire, birthplace of “La Prima Perla”, the first bubble. The method of sparkling wine production was […]

  • A Meal without Wine is like a Day without Sunshine

    Wine is no longer reserved for the weekend and now, double Royal Warrant holders Corney & Barrow have got your midweek meals covered. The independent wine merchants have teamed up with experts to offer some tasty inspiration with a delicious selection of recipes to match their own label wines. For a long time house wines […]

  • Champagne Armand de Brignac & Arnaud Lallement

    On September 1, three Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement and Champagne Armand de Brignac debut a new luxury tasting menu, exclusively available at the five-star, Relais & Châteaux hotel L’Assiette Champenoise. A historic first, this is the only culinary experience in the world to offer each of the Champagne’s five prestige cuvées in one place. Tucked […]

Sparkling Wines

  • A visit to Slovenian Sparkling Wine Bjana

    In the heart of the Goriška Brda wine growing region you will find Bjana, a family run winery producing an award winning selection of fine sparkling wines which are matured within Chateau Dorišče, home to one of the oldest cellars in Slovenia. Miran Sirk is the current owner and winemaker (his great grandfather, Franc Obljubek, purchased the estate following the World […]

  • A visit to Slovenian Sparkling Wine Carga since 1767

    I simply love visiting wineries across the world that have previously won a medal or trophy at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards so it was a real pleasure to pop in to see  Čarga | Since 1767 and taste on site their gold winning (Meditation) Donna Regina Extra Brut 2009. The winery is located in […]

  • Bologna Sparkling Wine & Food Pairings with Chef Alberto Bettini

    May 21st 2018 saw the Bologna Tasting taking place at Carousel, London with a menu prepared by Chef Alberto Bettini. Along with the Consorzio Vini Colli Bolognesi, both still wines and sparkling wines were put to show against a 5 course dinner which invited press attended during an evening in between London Wine Fair (Bologna […]

  • A visit to Slovenian Sparkling Wine Silveri

    “A modern feeling brand with fine traditional values enabling you to experience the heart of Slovenian wine and food” is very much how I would sum up Silveri. A relatively young brand having been established in 2001, one of the first sparkling wine houses of the Brda region thanks to the founders Gasparin family’s vision. […]

  • A visit to Slovenian Sparkling Wine Medot

    My last few months of travels have taken me to many famous sparkling wine regions including the favourites of Champagne and Prosecco both of which give us bubbly lovers some of the best flavours in the world of fine wines. One recent visit was a first for me though and kindly arranged by Marin Berovic […]

  • Zimbabwe to Re-launch Bubbly Production Next Year

    Africa has always been the continent of the brave and one brave producer is looking to bring back the golden era of Zimbabwe wines, after years of the country being in a depression. The verdant Winelands of Bushman Rock is set to turn pre-conceptions of its country’s wine quality on its head as it starts […]

  • ‘DRINK PINK’ with Freixenet’s new Italian Sparkling Rosé

    World-renowned sparkling wine brand launches sparkling Italian rosé – set to be the most stylish tipple of the summer APRIL 2018: This month, leading sparkling wine brand, Freixenet, is joining the blossoming rosé renaissance and launching its first ever Italian Sparkling Rosé. With the Italian fizz having taken the nation by storm, Freixenet is tapping […]

  • Luc Belaire Launches the Icon Bottle Series by Spotlighting Celebrity Talent

    The boundary-breaking bubbly puts its impressive celebrity following on the forefront with new luminescent Fantôme labels featuring its influential ambassadors. Luc Belaire, the smash-hit line of premium sparkling wines, has unveiled 10 iconic new bottles inspired by its celebrity ambassadors. This expansion of the luminescent Belaire Icon Series adds to the brand’s popular glowing-label line […]

  • If you are feeling Blue then…

    A blue drink would for me bring back memories of child-hood days and pestering parents for a somewhat overly priced yet popular Slush Puppy and a striking blue flavour which for some reason was Raspberry! Those days may be long gone and early adulthood may have seen us drink one too many bubblegum flavour blue […]

  • Discover Steininger Winery from Austria

    The perfect combination of soil and climate lays the foundation of high quality wines. The Kamp Valley offers a big variety of different combinations of these factors and thus yields wines with finesse and diversity. On one hand we can rely on three different kinds of soil (bedrock, loess and clay) and on the other […]

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