How to store and serve Champagne

For any visitor touring the Champagne region, the sight is instantly recognizable; row upon row of bottles being stored horizontally in the ancient and majestic chalk cellars of Champagne. Hidden underground, the cellars’ depth ensures the perfect ambient temperature for storing Champagne cuvées destined for long aging – the most prestigious bottles can be stored […]

Best Champagne houses to visit

Which Champagne houses to visit? Champagne is perhaps the most famous and simultaneously misunderstood of all the great wine regions of France. These hallowed vineyards – found east of Paris – have been making wine since early Roman times, however, throughout the majority of Champagne’s history, nothing sparkled. By the early 16th century, still wines […]

Champagne vs Sparkling Wines

Is champagne better than sparkling wine? The sparkling wine world is infinitely more complex, diverse, and exciting than the Champenoise would like you to believe. Benefiting from an extraordinarily talented firmament of marketeers, Champagne has been sold as the definitive luxury sparkling wine: rarified, glamorous, and naturally, very expensive. Thus, many consumers assume that upmarket […]

White Wine Alternatives to Chardonnay

Today, most of us are well acquainted with the ‘celebrities’ of wine – the Chardonnays, Merlots, Shiraz and Sauvignon Blancs of this world. Indeed, ask most white-wine drinkers what they fancy after work, and more often than not their response will be, ‘I always go for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.’ Or perhaps a glass […]

Top 10 Best deluxe Cavas

Cellar Tours selection of the best Spanish cava brands There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t heard of Cava, Spain’s ‘cheap and cheerful’ bubbly, predominately produced in the Penedes region south of Barcelona and mainstay of supermarket aisles worldwide. But what about deluxe Cava – hand-made, artisan sparkling wines of superlative quality with prices to match? […]

48 Hours in Champagne

What does the name Champagne mean to you? – is it simply a glamorous product, a must-have accessory at celebrations, or a famous icon? The answer is, of course, all of the above, but crucially for the savvy globetrotter; Champagne is a fascinating region to visit, full of historic towns and villages, gastronomic adventures, and […]

Cremant: France’s forgotten sparkling wine?

French Sparkling Wine There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Champagne, the motherland of all sparkling wine, home to glamour, prestige, and such iconic names as Dom Perignon. But Cremant, an often excellent quality (and value) sparkling wine that can be found across many of France’s most prestigious regions? You would hear […]

Top Ten Most Expensive Champagnes

[Updated Nov 2017] Want to Splash out on Posh Bubbles? Here is a list of our suggested top (and most expensive) Champagnes… There is no questioning the marketing genius of the major Champagne houses. They have ensured that the name Champagne continues to carry almost mystical properties for the vast majority of us, and it […]

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