48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Besserat de Bellefon

Champagnes Tasted Besserat de Bellefon, Blanc de Blancs NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut Rosé NV Besserat de Bellefon, Brut NV Besserat de Bellefon, Extra Brut Besserat de Bellefon, Brut 2002 Besserat de Bellefon was founded in Aÿ in 1843 by Edmond Besserat and two generations later a grandson of the same name married Yvonne de […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Champagne Lenoble

Champagnes Tasted Champagne AR Lenoble, Cuvee Intense NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, NV Champagne AR Lenoble, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Chouilly, 2006 I first encountered Champagne AR Lenoble at the Altaya Wines Annual Tasting last year. So when I realised I was going to be in Épernay I immediately […]

48 hours in Épernay: Day 1 Perrier-Jouët

Champagne Tasted Perrier-Jouët, Belle-Époque, 2006 Champagne and I have long been friends, and when I say Champagne I do use the word loosely whilst reflecting on all I have learned in my wine studies. I love a good glass of bubbles and in my world every day is an occasion to celebrate with bubbles! As I […]

An Enchanting Afternoon – Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2006

Wine Tasted 1. Perrier-Jouët, Belle Époque, 2006 Founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adèle Jouët, the Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has arguably created one of the most recognisable bottles of champagne – the Belle Époque. As you might imagine, I was just a wee bit excited to receive an invitation to attend a tasting […]

Lambrusco – Sparkling Wine of Italy

Image credit: The Kitchn Wines Tasted Chiarli Lambrusco di Castelvetro Grasparossa Non Vintage Chiarli “Premium” Lambrusco Sorbara Vecchio Modena Non Vintage My first encounter with Lambrusco was in Emilia-Romagna as part of a food tour. At 8am I found myself inside a Parmigiano-Regiano cheese factory sampling freshly made cheese with dry Lambrusco – a not […]

The English Invented Champagne? C’est pas possible!

Wine Tasted Gaston Chiquet, Cuveé Tradition, Brut – Premier Cru, Champagne, Non Vintage In preparing for a recent Champagne tasting with friends, I undertook some background reading and came across a piece by Tom Stevenson in The Southeby’s Wine Encyclopedia about who invented Champagne. Being familiar with the delightful story of how Dom Pérignon discovered […]

A Cause for Celebration – 1996 Salon Champagne

Wine Tasted Champagne Salon, 1996 A very special day took place in our household recently – so special it called for something particularly indulgent to celebrate! For a while now the Champagne House Salon has fascinated me and this was the perfect excuse to seek out a bottle… What captivates me about Salon in addition […]