Interviews and News from Champagne & Sparkling
UK Wine Show 54 Tony Jordon CEO of Green Point
This week we feature Tony Jordon the CEO of Green Point Australia on the recent release of their entire sparkling range under crown seal.
UK Wine Show 12 Pieter Ferreira from Graham Beck wines on winemaking in South Africa part 2
Pieter Ferreira, winemaker at Graham Beck, tastes three wines with us and explains how they are made. Find out why he makes sparkling wines in barrels and how he prefers his barrels burnt on the inside to a medium toast!
Anna Lopez Lidon of Gramona on Cava
Anna Lopez Lidon is the export manager at Gramona, a Cava producer in Penedes, Spain. We discuss how Cava is produced, the dosage and the debate over international vs local grape varieties.
UK Wine Show 135 Josep Baujan on Cava and Yeast
Josep Baujan is technical director of Freixenet, the world-leading Cava and sparkling wine producer. In the second part of our interview we talk to Josep about yeast selection in Cava.
UK Wine Show 210 Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate on the Merret brand
Mike Roberts of Ridgeview Estate talks to us about his ambitions to create an accreditation for top quality English sparkling wine.
Montana brand replaced by Brancott Estate
The name Montana is to be replaced with Brancott Estate and a new wine style is to be trialled in 2011.
BA adds English sparkler in 1st class
British Airways first airline to offer an English sparkling wine to its airline customers
Russia launches first sparkling wine in the UK
Russia's first sparkling wine Abrau-Durso has arrived in the UK to be test-marketed via distributor Berkmann Wine Cellars.
Fizz put into Sauvignon Blanc
Brancott Estate launch sparkling Sauvignon Blanc.
Camel Valley on top of the world at International wine competition
Camel Valley Pinot Rose awarded the International Sparkling Rose Trophy.
The great English plant up is underway in southern England
New Sussex vineyard aims to produce 1 million bottles of sparkling wine a year.
Sparkling wine from across the world makes a splash in the UK
Sparkling wine sales are outperforming Champagne in the off trade.
Sparkling wines, are they going screw cap?
Guala launches sparkling wine screw cap closure to keep your fizz fizzier longer.
Australia has best growing season in decades while Champagne has one of the worst
Australia is set to benefit from the best growing conditions in the past twenty years but Champagne has seen the worst growing season in decades.
Former Tory jumps on English fizz bandwagon
Lord Ashcroft Controversial former Conservative Party deputy chairman is to invest in UK vineyard.
White Rum replaces Champagne in average shopping basket
Office of National Statistics deems white rum to be in an average shopping basket but Champagne is no longer
12 year study reveals number of bubbles in Champagne
French scientist finds formula to work out number of bubbles in Champagne
Bit more pop than expected!
Exploding prosecco recalled in the US
More Sparkle in the UK
Uplift of fizz sales in the UK driven by Prosecco
Austria introduces sparkling wine tiers
3 tier quality structure introduced to Austrian Sparkling wines
Top level tier announced for Cava
New single source vineyard guarantee for Cava will be introduced in the sprng.
Bubbly Made In India
French wine and spirits house marketing Indian bubbly
Christmas news and wine
What's going on this Christmas with wine?
Drappier makes 'extreme' Champagne using single varietal Pinot Gris
Champagne producer Michel Drappier has made the first vintage of Pinot Gris Champagne at his property in the Aube.
Vive Le English Sparkling Wine!
English Sparkling Wine beats Champagne in blind tasting
New Spanish Sparkling Wine
Torres reject Cava DO for their sparkling wine
Chambong latest drinking fad?
New champagne vessels launched
Christmas Trading Results
Sparkling wine boosts most retailers Christmas trade
Queens makes her own Fizz
2nd batch of Queens Sparkling Wine eagerly awaited
Blue wine, now blue fizz, but you’ll have to look fast
Scientist discovers blue cloud of gas escaping Champagne bottle when opened at a warmer temperature.
Champagne house Pommery first to release English Fizz!
Vranken Pommery Monopole launches English Fizz grown and made for them by Hampshire wine producer Hattingley Valley.
Top German producers introduce a new classification system for top end sparkling wines.
Germany's Verband Deutscher Prädikats (VDP) producers launch a new sparkling wine classification.
Champagne 2021 vintage looks tough
The weather in 2021 has simply not played ball with French producers. The Champagne region was hit badly by frost, hail and persistent mildew as well as spring rain which has resulted in yields expected to be down by 45%.
Interviews and News from Champagne
UK Wine Show 173 Champagne Closures with Roger Begault of Duval-Leroy
Champagne house Duval-Leroy is experimenting with a new type of closure to replace the traditional champagne cork. We catch up with Roger Begault to find out more.
Prestige fizz getting pricier
Prices of top Champagnes are shooting up despite the economy heading the other way.
Asda Champagne sales are up
Supermarket chain Asda is reporting an increase in sales of Champagne which they say bucks the overall market trend of decreasing sales.
Champagne exports falling
Champagne shipments worldwide are falling as Champagne enters its most important trading period.
Moët buys champagne house
Moët Hennessy has acquired Montaudon Champagne to add to their portfolio of prestigious brands.
Champagne sales hit Majestic
Majestic Wine has reported a 2.9 per cent fall in like-for-like sale for the ten weeks ending January 5, triggered by a fall in Champagne sales.
France is world's number one but there is trouble in Champagne
France has overtaken Italy as the world's biggest producer but in Champagne yields are to be cut to stabilise prices.
Bubbles hold the flavour of fizz
It's the bubbles that give Champagne its flavour confirming the long-held view that Champagnes with a fine and persistent mousse, or stream of bubbles, are of a higher quality.
Sub £10 Champagne
Lidl cuts the price of Champagne to under £10 a bottle and other supermarkets discount heavily.
Royal family to plant vineyard
Royal family to plant vineyard at Windsor Castle.
Champagne increases yield to meet demand
The permitted yield of grapes for the upcoming harvest in Champagne is to be increased to 12,500 kilogrammes per hectare (kg/ha) to cope with growing demand for Champagne.
Harvest underway early in France
The 2011 harvest has started early in Bordeaux and Champagne.
Decanter hosts panel tasting of grower Champagnes
Decanter magazine's first-ever panel tasting of grower Champagnes concludes that grower champagnes have character, sophistication and are good value for money.
Tesco lightweights champagne bottles to help the environment.
7.2% weight reduction in standard 75cl Champagne bottles sold at Tesco
Quick the French are coming!
Pierson Whitaker Grand Cru Champagne house has partnered with English landowners in Hampshire to produce a sparkling wine called Meonhill.
Champagne crops hit badly by frost
Early budding vines in Champagne spurred on by a warm March are hit by April frost.
Champagne shipments dip thanks to the French
The volume of Champagne shipped in 2012 was 14 million lower than 2011 thanks to a slump in Christmas trade and a decline in Champagne sales in France itself.
A third of drinkers can't tell difference between Prosecco and Champagne
Mintel report shows 36% of sparkling wine consumers say there is little difference between Champagne and Prosecco.
China to protect the Champagne name
China has agreed to protect the name Champagne so that only wines produced in the French region can bear the name.
The Xmas build up begins with discounted Champagne under £10
Christmas deals in the wine aisles begin.
Prosecco sales bubble over as Champagne falls flat
Global sales of Prosecco have overtaken Champagne.
Immigrant workers in Champagne region exploited
Immigrant workers found living in exploitative conditions but there to work the champagne harvest.
Where is the UK fizz in the Government
Government spending on fizz revealing.
Champagne exports set to outstrip domestic sales
Champagne volume and value sales are up driven by exports.
Still 30% of UK wine consumers haven't tried English Wine.
ThirtyFifty customers give their views on English Wines
France reigns at IWSC competition
IWSC release Northern Hemisphere 2015 results
What links the Forth Bridge and Champagne?
Burgundy, Champagne and Forth Bridge all given World Heritage status
Online retailer of the year delists big name champagnes
Roberson Wines delists major champagne brands
What's hot, what's not in the wine world?
Australia, New Zealand and Prosecco grow at the cost of traditional rivals
Champagne Jayne beats the CIVC
Champagne Jayne wins her case against the CIVC
Boat launch champagne banned
Australian coastguard bans bow bottle smash launch
Bad weather gives Champagne nothing to toast about
Champagne economy majorly affected by weather
Bolt is new CEO of Champagne House
Usain Bolt has been appointed CEO at Maison Mumm
Sparkling wine sales continue to climb
Sparkling wine sales grew by 9% in the last year.
Bubble size, now they can measure it with a microphone
If Champagne bubble size is important to you, and for some it is, then you will be relieved to know that the bubbles hum as they are formed, telling the listener how big they are.
Buried Champagne from the 1890s tasted for the first time, and the conclusion?
Champagne producer Pol Roger whose cellar collapsed in 1900, burying up to to 1.5 million bottles, has this week opened and tried two of the recently recovered bottles.