Category Archives: Champagne

Bursting Bubbles – Robert Walters, and Some Thoughts on the Grower Champagne Philosophy

You will recall that I made Champagne by Peter Liem my wine book of last year. That expertly written book which puts terroir at its heart was the outstanding work on wine, in my view, in the whole of 2017. Bursting Bubbles by Australian author Robert Walters follows a similar … Continue reading

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Great Exhibition 2018 – with the emphasis on Great

Yesterday was the Winter 2018 Great Exhibition Tasting in the arches under Holborn Viaduct, this time featuring Winemakers Club and Carte Blanche Wines. These Tastings are always good, but there must have been something in the air yesterday, because there … Continue reading

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Our House (Taittinger)

Many of you will know that I have something of a thing for Grower Champagne. It comes from an interest in wines which express “place”, terroir wines, I suppose. But that doesn’t mean I ignore the so-called Grandes Marques. For … Continue reading

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Liem and Larmat – A Perfect Combination

Like most people, I imagine, I came to appreciate Champagne first as a celebratory drink. Most often it was the non-vintage wine of a well known Grande Marque, or occasionally a vintage wine, consumed several years too soon. But in … Continue reading

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Eastern France Part 5 – Bérêche, Champagne

I can tell you two things about my relationship with Bérêche which will inform your reading of the rest of this article. First of all I will name you my favourite four Champagnes. They are Péters Chétillons, Philipponnat Clos des … Continue reading

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Wimps! (Champagne & Chardonnay)

Wimps is a wine lunch. It was one of the early examples of what people who inhabit internet forums call an offline, where people who meet online actually get together, flesh and blood. “Wimps” isn’t an acronym. It was coined by its … Continue reading

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Growing Reputation

One of my regular readers asked a while back for some recommendations for Grower Champagnes in advance of a forthcoming visit, and I’ve been meaning to oblige. This month’s Decanter Magazine has a Tasting of Grower wines, but as always, … Continue reading

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Return to the Vaults Part 2 – Tutto and Vine Trail

Part 1 of my March 2017 Vaults Tasting Article covered the exciting new importer of Spanish wines, OtrosVinos. Part 2, here, covers Tutto Wines and Vine Trail. Winemakers Club and Gergovie get a shout in Part 3, and finally, Part … Continue reading

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The Return of Fizz & Chips!

Before there was Fish & Fino there was Fizz & Chips. Latterly this took place at Fish Club in Clapham Junction, before they got fed up with us…and then closed down. But Fizz & Chips began as an irregular but … Continue reading

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Bérêche Night

Several times each year a group of friends, who all share an avid interest in the wines of Equipo Navazos, get together for dinner at 28-50 Restaurant in Marylebone (London). Most of the time we don’t drink Sherry at all, … Continue reading

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