Weird and Wonderful Champagne Pairings: It’s National Champagne Day!

“Do you know what Dom Pérignon said after inventing champagne? He called out to his fellow monks, ‘Come quickly! I am tasting the stars.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Like many things related to Champagne, the National Day of Champagne itself is hotly debated. Some clamour for the 31st of December which clearly makes no sense as that day’s already pretty packed. Others supposedly … Continue reading Weird and Wonderful Champagne Pairings: It’s National Champagne Day!

Fruity with Strong Notes of Coal Mine: Calais’ Slag Heap Wine

Of late Calais has been constantly in the news for all the wrong reasons; scuffles between police and desperate migrants, tales of deadly attempts to cross the Channel, and frequent “disruption” to transport services between England and France. What you may not know is that this region has a much dirtier problem (literally speaking). If you’ve whizzed past Calais on the Eurostar you may have … Continue reading Fruity with Strong Notes of Coal Mine: Calais’ Slag Heap Wine

The Bad Beak Wine: Why Malbec is Actually French

Although today Malbec has achieved global adoration, the variety was something of a mixed success story in times gone by. In Old French the name means something like “bad beak” or “bad nose”, which may have been a reference to the French dislike of the wine’s smell. Another popular nickname was the “black wine ” owing to the deep purple pigment Malbec tends to leave … Continue reading The Bad Beak Wine: Why Malbec is Actually French