Tag: champagne

An English Ambassador in Champagne

Having won the UK final of the Champagne Ambassador in September last year (a competition run by the Champagne Information Bureau, who are the London base for the the CIVC, Champagne’s regulatory body), I followed up with the European final in Champagne itself. This took place at the end of three days touring the region visiting […]

UK Champagne Ambassador Competition

My passion for things sparkling, particularly Champagne, chimes in rather nicely with my role here at Berrys as the designated Champagne Expert (below our esteemed Champagne Buyer, Simon Field MW of course!). My new role will include hosting and presenting many of Berrys’ Champagne-themed tastings, courses and dinners, and because of this, I was invited […]

A legendary tasting of Bollinger R.D.

In the course of a career in the wine trade one can expect to attend a few tastings which might fall into the category of “special” but in July I was privileged to attend a presentation which will live long in the memory, and must rank as one of the most extraordinary in my 35-year […]

Elegance personified

This year, we had the great pleasure to be invited to the house of Billecart-Salmon near Epernay. No small gesture as the trip was to include staying at the Maison du Billecart, dining with Monsieur François Billecart himself and after a tour the next day, dining at a 3 Michelin starred restaurant in Paris no […]