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  • Champagne Collet Invites you to Discover Champagne in a Different Way

    In the heart of the sloped vineyards of Aÿ, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cité du Champagne invites you to discover Champagne in a different way. Through various thematic and educational spaces, this exceptional wine reveals its secrets, its soil and its know-how, thanks to a rich collection which is beautifully presented […]

  • Why Add Bubbles to your Bath!

    Bathing in Champagne can improve your chances on your first date, as per leading Millionaire Matchmaking expert Lisa Palmer, who looks after the love lives of the rich and famous. Just who doesn’t love to have bubbles in their bath, though we are not talking about soapy ones this time – We are taking a […]

  • Wedding Color-Themed Sparkling Wines

    Weddings are anything goes these days, down to the color of the bubbly for the toast. Pale straw and lightly pink, move over. Look for Instagram-worthy and color-theme friendly shades of yellow, red, white and neon blue. If one of these is the color of your bridesmaid dresses, even better! Think about your budget here […]

  • Cava driven Bubbles by the River Thames with Codorniu

    Pop across the river to get away from the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf, after a short ferry ride you are transported to Spanish tranquillity at the Anna De Codornius Pop Up which has residency over the Summer months until end September 2017 at Double Tree Hilton Docklands, a former warehouse which dates back […]

  • Rosy Shades of Bardolino Chiaretto

    Imagine a water’s surface, calm and flat like a mirror set among pinkish rocks: swans with long white necks swimming a little snobbily and weeping willows waving slowly in the air. Suddenly some unexpected pop coming from behind you wakes you up and you wonder: was I dreaming? Maybe not, you’re just in front of […]

  • A Sparkling Clotted Cream Gin Cocktail

    I must admit that I am no cocktail maker nor shaker, but what I do hold is a great foundation knowledge of sparkling wines and a fair experience of tasting gins to be able to at least find a nice pairing that by combining them into a cocktail you do not lose too much tasting […]

  • Discover the Land Rover Vineyard Tour at Champagne Sylvie Moreau

    Do something different with you next visit to Champagne and have an exciting experience visiting a vineyard by Land Rover. Champagne Sylvie Moreau is situated 12 km from Reims on a small piece of the Montagne de Reims, they produce high quality Champagnes, partly thanks to the situation of their vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, […]

  • Getting Fizzical at ASDA

    Currently, a search on the ASDA website for Champagne and Sparkling Wines brings 51 unique results from English Sparkling to Cava, Champagne to Prosecco so all in all, not a bad performance for what many will see as our nation’s budget supermarket chain! Their choice of sparkling wines is varied, though has a core of […]

  • 5 Great Sparkling Wines for Summer

    Summer is always a great time to enjoy wine and especially if you are lucky enough to be enjoying some pleasant sunshine whilst sat in a relaxing typical English garden or even whilst on a balcony watching the world pass you, that popping of the cork and the pouring of that fruit scented wine into […]

  • Discover Montagne de Reims in Champagne

    Did you know the Montagne de Reims has the world’s only reserve of dwarf beeches, they are known as the ‘Faux de Verzy’.  Situated between Reims and Épernay; its natural and built heritage can be explored by following the Champagne Trail, which criss-crosses the region. The vineyards of Montagne de Reims are situated between the […]

  • Duchess of Cornwall Plants ‘Millionth’ Vine in the UK

    At the South of England Show, Ardingly, West Sussex, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, planted a vine to officially represent the ‘Millionth vine’ planted in the UK this year. The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA), the UK wine industry’s central organisation. The ceremonial planting took place […]

Champagne Latest

  • Champagne Collet Invites you to Discover Champagne in a Different Way

    In the heart of the sloped vineyards of Aÿ, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cité du Champagne invites you to discover Champagne in a different way. Through various thematic and educational spaces, this exceptional wine reveals its secrets, its soil and its know-how, thanks to a rich collection which is beautifully presented […]

  • Discover the Land Rover Vineyard Tour at Champagne Sylvie Moreau

    Do something different with you next visit to Champagne and have an exciting experience visiting a vineyard by Land Rover. Champagne Sylvie Moreau is situated 12 km from Reims on a small piece of the Montagne de Reims, they produce high quality Champagnes, partly thanks to the situation of their vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, […]

  • Discover Montagne de Reims in Champagne

    Did you know the Montagne de Reims has the world’s only reserve of dwarf beeches, they are known as the ‘Faux de Verzy’.  Situated between Reims and Épernay; its natural and built heritage can be explored by following the Champagne Trail, which criss-crosses the region. The vineyards of Montagne de Reims are situated between the […]

  • 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Drappier Rosé Nature

    “The Drappier vineyard covers 100 hectares and constitutes the House’s essential trump card. Since 1808 our family has used its skill to select parcels of land which are particularly well exposed and extremely rich in limestone. For the most part they are located around Urville, where the Pinot Noir, in the majority, finds its loveliest […]

  • Discover Champagne Mailly

    The domain Mailly Grand Cru is situated exclusively in the village of Mailly Champagne, in the heart of the Regional Nature Park of the Montagne de Reims. Mailly Champagne was classified Grand Cru in 1920 and is the only Champagne House to source all of its wines from Grand Cru vineyards. Only 17 of Champagne’s 319 […]

  • Graphic Ice range from Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

    I’m not sure how many readers will agree that Champagne is something that should be served on the rocks as such, but this trend is certainly one that is growing so where there is a demand there will always be a ready supply! Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon are two well known brands to […]

  • The Women of Champagne

    In a region known for the historic contributions of Lily Bollinger and The Widow Cliquot, there is a new generation of women looking to make their mark on Champagne. Where tradition is manifest and competition fierce, quality, cooperation, and diversity have brought these women of Champagne together to form LA Transmission. Co-Founder, Anne Mallasagne (Champagne […]

  • Enjoy a Glass of Champagne in Champagne!

    Nothing beats enjoying a glass of Champagne in Champagne, so if you’re planning a trip to this famous region, take a look at some of the Champagne Houses which offer tours and tasting and book online with no need to pay until you’re at the Champagne house. Champagne Janisson et Fils Champagne Janisson et Fils […]

  • Champagne – C’est Magnifique!

    For a special occasion, some would say, “It has to be Champagne”. There are many companies producing excellent Champagnes of superb quality and for me, it is a case of trying the various brands until the palate is satisfied and the sparkle brings life to a celebration or special event. Some of the Champagne brands […]

  • 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 […]

Prosecco Latest

  • Pairing Food with Prosecco via Loredan Gasparini

    Laying in the Northern part of Italy is the wine location of Prosecco (not to be mistaken with the town of Prosecco in Italy close to Trieste) and offering visitors one of the most magical wine regions of the world with amazing rolling countryside full of vines and hill top villages. A wine region known […]

  • 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 […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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