Why Christmas calls for Champagne

Champagne is perhaps the quintessential Christmas wine. Below, you’ll find a short collection of writing that captures the spirit of uncorking Champagne at Christmas – including a recipe for “Oysters Christian Dior” from our Head Chef. A magic carpet of Champagne For Alexandra Gray de Walden, Champagne is uniquely versatile, pairing beautifully with everything from […]

The timeless charm of Claret at Christmas

Rich and warming, red Bordeaux has long been a favourite in the UK during the chilly festive season. Below, you’ll find tips and advice from our experts helping you make the most of your Christmas Claret. Cherished traditions  In Victoria Bull’s household, the enjoyment of red Bordeaux is an undisputable part of Christmas – even if it’s […]

Harvest at Gusbourne Estate

Gusbourne Estate is one of England’s best-known wine producers, having been making wines from the Champagne varieties since the early 2000s. We visited the estate at the end of October for a first-hand look at the harvest. Photos by Krystian Krzewinski. Gusbourne Estate is located not far from the southern edge of Kent, just a 20-minute drive from the coast. We arrive on a glorious day in late October, and it’s easy to see why the […]

Dream to dram: Peter Holroyd on life at Kingsbarns Distillery

Peter Holroyd is Distillery Manager at Kingsbarns in Fife. We speak to him about the birth of the distillery, their sustainability initiatives and working for a close-knit family-run business.    In 2008, Peter Holroyd was just finishing a degree in Brewing and Distilling at Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh. That summer, he took up a temporary job at St Austell Brewery in Cornwall.   “That was where I cut my teeth in […]