Champagne & sparkling
Bubbles have long been beloved by the rich and famous. And that love in turn helps to spread the love more widely and boom! you’ve got a stellar success, says the Claret Pimpernel.
Comedian and writer David Mitchell is among the more perceptive columnists for the once great Observer, so it was with interest that I read his piece on how the taste of Champagne doesn’t matter. When it comes to serving sparkling wine, he claimed, so long as it has bubbles, and says Champagne and not Cava on the label, any further qualities are immaterial.
Jay Z has bought Champagne brand Armand de Brignac, after making the brand owner an offer they “couldn’t refuse”.
Naked Wines’ angels have raised £500,000 to allow Jean Phillippe Moulin, former Ruinart, Mumm and Baron de Rothschild winemaker, to launch his own Champagne line.
Online wine retailer Virgin Wines is looking to “own” the wine gifts market with its new gifting service which includes options from £20 to £150.
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