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  • A Day in Reims, Champagne

    Regardless of how you arrive, when in France, travel to Champagne. Here, making and drinking Champagne is a way of life. If you love the nation’s namesake sparkling wine—authentic Champagne only comes from Champagne, France, after all—you could spend weeks exploring vineyards and villages sprinkled about the chalky, limestone terroir. I consider Champagne the Phoenix […]

  • Ratafia – The other drink made in Champagne

    During my many trips to Champagne exploring the countless wine making houses, I’d nearly always be blissfully busy with days of tasting and enjoying the commonly known king of wines. Little else would be worth exploring when you are in Champagne, as it is more or less a philosophy of when in Champagne drink Champagne… One […]

  • Interview with Antonis Maroudas of Ampelostrates in Zante

    Glass of Bubbly speaks to Antonis Maroudas, owner and chief winemaker at Ampelostrates, a family-run vineyard in the hills of Zakynthos (Zante). Antonis discusses how the island inspires his winemaking and why production there is so unique. How long have you owned the farm? We have been running the farm, including the restaurant and other […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sparkling Bisser from Ukraine

    The Plachkovs founded their family winery in 2005 in order to produce premium local wines. Kolonist winery is situated in a famous Ukrainian wine producing region – Danubian Bessarabia (south of Odessa region), where viticulture has been a long established tradition ever since the Greeks and the Thracians for the first time have discovered these […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Champagne Harvest 2017

    The Comité Champagne have announced the yield for the Champagne harvest. 10,800 kg per hectare including 500kg per hectare to be unblocked from the reserves. The Minister of Agriculture has just announced that the French wine harvest would be ‘historically low’. Yields in some wine making areas such as Bordeaux and the Jura have been […]

  • 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 […]

Champagne Latest

  • 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 […]

  • Melchizedek of Comte Delavie Champagne Auctioned for Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

    The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation chose a bottle of Comte Delavie Champagne to be put into their auction. The Melchizedek sized bottle is 1 meter 10 centimetres high and weighs 54 kilos. It contains 30 litres of Champagne the equivalent of 40 standard bottles. The bottle sold for $150 000. The Foundation chose Comte Delavie for 3 […]

  • There’s Something for Every Champagne Lover in Champagne

    Whichever region you’re visiting in Champagne, whether it’s the Cote de Sezanne, Cote des Blancs or Vallee de la Marne, have a look at the tour and tastings available at these Champagne Houses. Champagne Charlier Discover an authentic family Champagne House of 5 generations, in the Vallée de la Marne in the heart of the […]

  • Discover Champagne in the Vallée de la Marne

    Most of the vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne plant the grape variety Pinot Meunier that grows very quickly thanks to their location on the Marne River. One Pinot Meunier expert is Champagne Éric Taillet. The Taillet family have been working in the vineyards for several generations. In 1995, Éric Taillet took over from his father […]

  • A visit to Champagne Château de Boursault

    It is certainly a wow factor when you get to visit Champagne Château de Boursault and that means both to the Champagne itself and to the tiny matter of the Château de Boursault that is a simply stunning property that has idyllic surroundings. Château de Boursault is a neo-Renaissance château that is located in Boursault which lays just […]

Prosecco Latest

  • 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 […]

  • A visit to Malibran Prosecco

    Most people will probably not know too much about Prosecco and that in 2009 it expanded greatly in to two main divisions of Prosecco (DOC) and Prosecco Superiore (DOCG) – Two classifications and primarily divided by area and quality. The Prosecco Superiore area is awash of steep hills and sun trap valleys made up of […]

Chefs Corner

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

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