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Introducing grower Champagne – and why you should care!

Champagne is the world’s finest sparkling wine. Luxury Champagne labels command eye-watering prices, and the big brands are known far and wide. Massive Champagne houses like Moët & Chandon, Louis Roederer and Pommery dominate the market. The big Maisons de Champagne rule the roost, but they’re not the only game in town: Grower Champagne is […]

Make Valentine’s Day sparkle – on a budget!

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate with that special someone in your life. For wine lovers, nothing quite marks a celebration like a bottle of bubbly. Whether that’s a prestige cuvée Champagne or a modest Prosecco, the popping of the cork and the gentle fizz says it all.   Sparkling wine for Valentine’s […]

The beginner’s guide to making Prosecco: The tank method

Italian Prosecco is one of the world’s favourite sparkling wines. Wine lovers all over the world love its refreshing acidity, light fruity flavour and, perhaps above all, its accessible price. While Prosecco generally lacks the prestige of Champagne or the complexity of Cava, it still represents great value for money.

Gold Champagne: The most luxurious Champagnes on the market

Some people think of Champagne as liquid gold, and we think that’s a good description. Champagne is for drinking, certainly, but it’s also a luxury product. Like a handbag or watch, the finest Champagnes exude class, quality and attainment. They’re “objects”, not mere products or bottles of wine. At the very top end of the […]

Making Champagne (and why you should leave it to the experts!)

Have you ever thought about making wine at home? It’s not exactly mainstream, but there is a small minority of wine lovers that have made it a hobby of theirs. Buying wine kits online is probably the most popular way to go about it, but some go so far as to grow (or buy) their […]

Why you need to know about English sparkling wine

One great debate in the wine world relates to sparkling wine. More specifically: Which region produces the world’s best sparkling wine? The traditional answer is surely Champagne, and when it comes to the top end of the market that’s probably true. Both Cava and Prosecco are constantly improving in quality, with prices that can be […]

Sandeman Sherry and other international wine groups

Browse the fortified wine section of any given wine store or supermarket and you are likely to see a bottle of Sandeman Sherry. You may even see a Port or Madeira from the same brand. Some people find fortified wines confusing enough as it is, so when you see Sandeman Sherry, Port or Madeira alongside […]

Henriot Champagne and the city of Reims

Henriot Champagne is an esteemed Champagne house in the village of Reims, notable because it has remained independently owned by the same family since its inception in 1808. This is quite interesting in the French wine industry, and certainly in the luxury world of Champagne, where many houses are owned by large international corporations.