Wine Legend : Billecart-Salmon Le Clos ST-Hilaire, Brut Nature 2002

For the wine legend of the day, we present you a prestigious champagne: “Le Clos Saint-Hilaire Brut 2002 from the Champagne house Billecart-Salmon.  This exceptional vintage, made of 100% Pinot Noir (Blanc de Noir) is elaborated from a one hectare plot of old Pinot Noir vines planted in 1964 and located in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, in Champagne […]

WINE COCKTAIL : Spritz

We launch a new category on our website (and on our instagram) : Wine cocktail !  Regularly we will post you some wine cocktail recipes, as well as a little of its origins, ideal for sunny days ! And we start this series with one of the main wine-based cocktails: the Spritz! Although it was […]

WINE STUDENT : Claire, WSET level2 Award

My name is Claire.  In 2019 I started my WSET level 1 wines at Eleanor Wine Academy, pre-Covid-19.  The quality of the course and the knowledge of Vittoria was part of the reason that I instantly signed up for Level 2 having passed the exam.  My other reason was the social aspect of the course, […]

WINE LEGEND : Champagne Bollinger 2012

Champagne Bollinger 2012 is quite dry on the palate with flavours of pear, apple and lots of minerals. Leaves a nice smooth after-taste with pear coming out stronger than other flavours. The 2012 is a generous, full-bodied vintage, supported by a beautiful vivacity. The grapes come from about twenty villages in Champagne, mainly Aÿ and Verzenay […]

WINE STUDY: CREMANT

Crémant is a sparkling wine, which is produced in France 🇫🇷, using the same methods as Champagne and Cava, but from outside the Champagne region. Crémant🥂 can only come from specific regions in France such as: 🔸Crémant de Bourgogne🔸Crémant de Loire🔸Crémant de Limoux🔸Crémant de Jura🔸Crémant d’Alsace🔸Crémant de Bordeaux🔸Crémant de Die 🔸Crémant de Savoie There are a […]

WINE STUDY: CHAMPAGNE

What is Champagne? Where does it come from? What flavours and aromas does Champagne have and why?  Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by using the traditional method. All authentic Champagne wines come from the Champagne region of France and made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.  A very good-quality Champagne has complex flavours […]

WINE FACT: CARBONATION

Carbonation, the cheapest method of sparkling wine production, is widely used around the world. In this method CO2 is injected into a still wine. It is mostly used to produce fruity sparkling wines from grapes with strong varietal flavours, such as Sauvignon Blanc. Willing to learn more about sparkling wine production? Sign up for our […]

WINE FACT: Sparkling wine production

There are 5 main methods to produce a sparkling wine, each resulting in a different carbonation level. The vast majority of sparkling wines in the world are produced using two methods – Traditional Method (used for Champagne) and Tank Method (used for Prosecco). Take a look at Tank Method. This sparkling wine production technique came […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BRACHETTO FROM PIEDMONT, ITALY

Brachetto is a black-skinned Italian wine grape variety grown predominantly in the Piedmont region, where it has been cultivated since ancient times. The Brachetto grape has regular production but not very steady due to its sensitivity to the virus. Brachetto is not normally blended with other grape varieties, and is responsible for sweet, frothy Brachetto […]