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  • A Visit to Halfpenny Green Vineyards English Sparkling Wine

    Now not many would expect to find a busy and most successful vineyard just outside Wolverhampton, but here I found a very active and fast-growing Halfpenny Green Vineyards with a most delightful and varied selection of fine English wines to explore. Once again the rain followed me, typical English summer weather many would say, but it […]

  • 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 […]

  • Discover Champagne Liébart-Régnier

    Established in 1960 by Lucien Liébart and Georgette Régnier, Champagne Liébart-Régnier is situated in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon, a typical Champagne village at the heart of the Vallée de la Marne. 2nd generation Lauren Liébart and his wife Valérie, produce a range of Champagne from their 10 hectares of vineyards over 2 villages; Baslieux-sous-Châtillon and Vauciennes. They are […]

  • Astélia Crémant de Limoux Blanc Grand Réserve

    “Aside from wine, what I know the best are my three daughters, Astrid, Elisa and Apolline.” What better way for Jean-Claude Mas to honour his family than the creation of a premium range of wines that inspires its name from those of his daughters? Produced at the Domaines’ prized Martinolles property in Saint Hilaire, the […]

  • 2017 Night Harvest under a pale full moon at La Vigna di Sarah

    A very special thank you to Sarah Dei Tos for our invitation to experience and enjoy the very special and unique night harvest that is undertaken at her vineyards in Vittoria Veneto, Treviso in the heart of the Prosecco region. A warm Summers evening welcomed the event where many special invited guests from television to […]

  • Discover Champagne Bernard Bijotat

    Bernard and his son Sébastian Bijotat pay the utmost attention to every step of the production of their Champagnes. From the vine to the wine press, they apply a slow and careful wine making process, with respect for the environment they have HVE certification and also produce sulfite free Champagne. This real family affair truly […]

  • A Visit to Bolney Estate English Sparkling Wine

    It is very worth while exploring just how many English vineyards are a matter of less than one hour away from central London that you can go off to visit relying totally on trains and a short taxi ride from the station – Today I was delighted to be the guest of Bolney Wine Estate […]

  • Avoiding these 10 common wine buying techniques:

    Do not judge a wine by its cover. Yes, we all do it I know, be it that book we have chosen at the library or picking the biggest wrapped present from the lucky dip – we are all influenced by packaging. Try not to though be too allured by a wine label design, sometimes it never […]

  • 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 […]

  • A Visit to Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa

    From a glass of Louis Roederer Champagne for breakfast to fizzy cocktails on the terrace as the sun sets, the fine Mansion House and location of Bedfordshire’s 5 star Luton Hoo hotel is must visit location to indulge yourself in luxury and a glass of bubbly or two. I was kindly invited to take a few days […]

  • Enjoy Free Tours & Champagne Tastings via Champagne-Booking

    Did you know some Champagne Houses offer free tours and tastings? At Champagne-Booking you can book free tours and tastings without any costs and with no bookings fees. Here are a few where you can visit the vineyards, explore the cellars and enjoy a glass of Champagne, maybe even discover a new favourite Champagne all at […]

Champagne Latest

  • Discover Champagne Liébart-Régnier

    Established in 1960 by Lucien Liébart and Georgette Régnier, Champagne Liébart-Régnier is situated in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon, a typical Champagne village at the heart of the Vallée de la Marne. 2nd generation Lauren Liébart and his wife Valérie, produce a range of Champagne from their 10 hectares of vineyards over 2 villages; Baslieux-sous-Châtillon and Vauciennes. They are […]

  • Discover Champagne Bernard Bijotat

    Bernard and his son Sébastian Bijotat pay the utmost attention to every step of the production of their Champagnes. From the vine to the wine press, they apply a slow and careful wine making process, with respect for the environment they have HVE certification and also produce sulfite free Champagne. This real family affair truly […]

  • Enjoy Free Tours & Champagne Tastings via Champagne-Booking

    Did you know some Champagne Houses offer free tours and tastings? At Champagne-Booking you can book free tours and tastings without any costs and with no bookings fees. Here are a few where you can visit the vineyards, explore the cellars and enjoy a glass of Champagne, maybe even discover a new favourite Champagne all at […]

  • Experience a Special Champagne Experience During the Harvest

    The Champagne harvest begins the last week of August /beginning of September. There are Champagne houses which are offering tours during the harvest, including picking grapes or dinner in the vineyard. Enjoy a tour and tasting during the grape harvest at Champagne Yveline Prat The grape harvest is the most important period. During the tour discover […]

  • Discover More with La Cité du Champagne Collet Tours & Workshops

    La Cité du Champagne Collet invites you to discover more with their range of tours, exposition and workshops and yes you can also taste their Champagne! Tour and Tasting: exposition ‘Champagne and Wars’ ‘Champagne and Wars’ La Marne at the heart of the turmoil. La Cité du Champagne offers you an interdisciplinary perspective on the […]

  • Ethereal Champagne

    Champagne comes in all shapes and sizes from big and powerful to light and bright. The latter is very much the style of Champagne F. Cossy, currently under the design of winemaker Sophie Cossy. Sophie was awarded 2016 Winemaker of the Year in Champagne, and thus, no longer under the radar. However, about ten years […]

  • Interview with Champagne-Booking.com

    Glass of Bubbly interviewed Sonita Bachu, founder and owner of Champagne-Booking.com What makes Champagne, the area, so special? The various landscapes, friendly people and good honest food. The area has different regions in which different types of Champagnes are produced. Each region has its own distinct personalities. For example, the Côte des Bar produces a lot […]

  • A visit to Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire

    You’ll find Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire located a short drive away West from Epernay in the village of Villers sous Châtillon. The family owned grower Champagne label owns 12 hectares of vines on the sunny slopes of the Marne Valley and their history dates back to the end of the 19th century in Hautvilliers. When you visit […]

  • Sad News as Charles Doyard Champagne Maker Dies

    Just a very quick piece of sad breaking news that Charles Doyard passed away very recently at such a young age of 31. I had many a fine glass of Champagne served by Charles himself at varied tasting events of recent years and I once also interviewed him for the Glass of Bubbly magazine. He […]

  • A visit to Champagne Pierre Trichet

    “In 1971, the first bottles vinified by Thérèse and René were stored in their cellars from land planted with vines in 1945, the house of Champagne Trichet-Didier was born… ” In 1989 Pierre Trichet, who kindly invited me to visit his winery and taste his wines recently, took over from his parents and has been […]

Prosecco Latest

  • Interview with Sommelier Michele Longari

    Tell us about Prosecco Prosecco is mainly divided into two different appellations: Prosecco DOC and DOCG. The Prosecco DOC is produced from 9 provinces spanning the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions and, at the present, it is the Prosecco easiest to be found on the UK market. The province of Treviso is the heart […]

  • A visit to Bellussi Prosecco

    “Bellussi is focused on research and product selection that enhances the aromatic characteristics, the elegance and the freshness of each wine during the vinification process. The goal of the company is the continuous pursuit of quality in product packaging, to satisfy the palate and the eye.” For me, this was the main thing that stood […]

  • A Visit to Carpené Malvolti Prosecco

    If you are going to explore the world of Prosecco Superiore then you really must know about Carpené Malvolti who have a big part to play in the history of Italian Oenology. To be honest, in the world of Sparkling Wine as a whole, they really have a cemented place in its history going back […]

  • A visit to Val D’Oca Prosecco

    Here is an amazing set-up, built to last and most certainly grow. I spend a lot of time visiting wineries and Val D’Oca has one of the most innovative set-ups I have seen, a smooth operation which is both highly impressive though in a positive way it scares you at the same time seeing such progress in […]

  • What does it mean to be President of Prosecco Superiore region?

    “You must have one of the most desirable jobs in the world!” I asked Innocente Nardi, President of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Consortium, during a lunch at the fabulous Salis Rsitorante Enoteca with its breathtaking views over the Cartizze region. “I am very proud to hold this position. I am also very proud […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • Pairing Irish Cheese with Champagne

    Let’s discover cheeses from a country with beautiful landscapes, surrounded by the sea and a fantastic and lively capital, yes Ireland. Farmhouse cheeses are produced across the country yet each cheese is an expression of its own particular part of Ireland. Gubbeen is a semi-hard cheese, with a washed rind with brine, which makes the cheese […]

  • Enjoy Sparkling Wine with Pasta

    We all love pasta, (and those in the know love it al dente) but how many of us go further and check the quality of the product itself? If you know about wine, you’ll laugh at German Liebfraumilch – and if you know about food you’ll avoid popular brands of inferior pasta. In the wine […]

  • Pairing Billecart-Salmon Champagne with Indian Cuisine

    The restaurant, Mint Leaf of London, Dubai,  is housed on the 15th floor in Dubai International Financial centre’s South Tower and as the lift opens, the dim lighting in the corridor immediately sets the mood. A hostess offers to show me around first, which I gleefully accept. I am shown the lounge area. Sofas and floor rugs here and […]

  • Food Pairing with Champagne A.R. LeNoble

    Established in 1972 and inspired by their love for France, California’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery has had a thirty year history with sparkling wine. J by Jordan was started by winery founder Tom Jordan in 1987 and until 1993 was produced at Jordan Winery. At this point, J by Jordan was moved to its own […]

  • Cheers to Champagne & Chocolate

    Sipping a glass of sparkling wine before nibbling on a rich carré of Belgian chocolat noir … Whoever said you can’t pair chocolate with Champagne? Taste habits have unquestionably evolved over time. Modern gastronomy trends and palate preferences are a far cry from the sweet tendencies of 50 years ago. Today’s taste is drawn to […]

  • 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 […]

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