Champagne & sparkling
For the first time in its history, the Institute of Masters of Wine put on a tasting of grower Champagnes, that burgeoning category of growers who decide to bottle their own wines rather than sell grapes to either a co-operative or one of the large Champagne houses. By doing so, they create Champagnes that often represent a very local, sub-regional character, sometimes down to a single vineyard.
Buck’s Fizz, Irish coffee and mulled wine top the list of Britons’ favourite festive cocktails, according to a survey of 1,000 people for Waitrose Cellar.
Fans of Krug Champagne can splash out this Christmas on a limited edition special gift box set that includes three bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée each with a different story behind the blend.
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.
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