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New: Champagne Gosset Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut

Champagne Gosset has released the latest addition to its Celebris range – a Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut.  
To produce Cuvée Celebris Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, the cellar master Jean-Pierre Mareigner has chosen the Chardonnay from four vintages, 11 crus and used only the ‘finest methods of vinification’.  True to the character of Champagne Gosset, […]

Castle of Dracula Marsecco & Prosecco

Apparently the Castle of Dracula Marsecco was presented in the goodie bag to the great and the good who attended the 2006 Brit Awards. The bottles other claim to fame - and one perhaps of slightly more interesting - is that it is bottled by the last living descendant of Count Dracula.
In the UK the […]

WSJ Pink Champages Recommendations

Not sure how a copy of the Wall Street Journal came my way; but the weekend edition had a nice little piece and recommendations of rosé champagnes. The tasting was held blind only with champagnes costing less than $100.
Best of Tasting - Louis Roederer Vintage 2000 Rosé ($62) “Elegant and romantic, focused and pure, with […]

Feuillatte Serves Up Some Serious Moonlight

Fashion photo-goddess Donna Trope serves up a Valentine’s vision, with the help of Nicolas Feuillatte cuvée de prestige Palmes d’Or Rosé. A Champagne with cachet, meant for a different crowd, folks not afraid to stray from the Serengeti of style for the masses. The winery claims “a subtle animal hint makes this wine powerful and […]

Moet & Chandon Rosè Imperial and Valentine’s Day

Moet Hennessy is going to celebrate the Valentine’s Day for the sixth time. The French Maison is offering to the lovers a special high quality dinner, with charm, taste and elegance like usually. A candlelight dinner in one of the 40 most important Italian restaurants chosen by the staff. Nice food, great chefs and, naturally, […]

Jay-Z and Armand de Brignac Champagne

I am sure we all hang on every word and follow every fashion that trend-setter Jay-Z proclaims. He is the guy that brought Crystal champagne to the forefront of a certain music sector (whose fans hadn’t a hells chance of ever affording it).
He accused the Roederer chief, Frédéric Rouzaud, of racism and began a boycott […]

FIzz-Tizz: Head of Bollinger to sue French supermarkets

The head of Bollinger Champagne is getting in a tiz over French supermarkets selling his wine because they are ‘destroying the brand’s upmarket reputation’. He is threatening to sue.
French supermarkets are selling Champagne Bollinger as low as 27, compared with a standard retail price of up to 70 in France.
“It’s a veritable organised […]

Did You Know…?

In the “you learn something new every day” category, did you know that while Champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is Champagne? So what makes Champagne Champagne? It has to be made with specific grapes from the Champagne region of Northern France. Thirsty for more? Check out this web site for all you’ll […]

Problems in Prosecco

Under Italian law it is illegal to sell wine in anything other than a bottle. So that makes bag-in-box wines illegal and wine in cans too.
Which has caused a problem in Prosecco. The regulating body of Prosecco - that light and fizzy stuff made north of Venice - is taking action against the makers of […]

Ruinart Champagne for Wine Blogging Wednesday

Ruinart Brut Ros Champagne, NV, France.
Widely available for around 30/US$70.
Everyone needs friends who come a-visiting brandishing a bottle of bubbly! This being a rose and one delicate in colour, aroma and flavour. Delightful. Gorgeous colour light peach with an edge of pink roses and a strawberry, biscuity edge to the flavour. A little cream… […]