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Posts Tagged ‘fizz’

Christmas Breakfast with Bubbles

In Cooking, drink, food, Food and Drink on December 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

This week The Wine Place asked me to take a look at a wonderful English fizz,Brightwell Sparkling Chardonnay, and very delicious it was too.

I decided to pair it up with a scrumptious breakfast treat, classic Eggs Benedict.

Check out the combination hereeggsb


Jubilee Cheers!

In drink, Food and Drink on June 1, 2012 at 11:23 am










Binfield Brut

In honour of the Queen’s Jubilee it is definitely time to think about celebrating and what better way than with a true English fizz, this one is from just down the road from where I live.

Read all about it here in my new blog for Get Wokingham

I discovered this little gem was being made locally and in the same way as Champagne but without the price tag!

Here are a few more photos of my local English vineyard about to bloom..










The vine here is Reichesteiner…


Tripping the Fizz Fantastic

In Food and Drink on April 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Fantastic Fizz

As some of you know food is not my only love and what helps to pay the bills is my love of wine too. I’m lucky enough to teach my interest on a regular basis and it’s about this time of week that I start to gear up for the weekend, which tends to be the busiest time. So perhaps Wednesday’s blogs should be called…Wino Wednesdays!

This weekend one group of lucky ladies are set to have a champagne and sparkling wine tasting. This always raises so much debate. I always blinfold an English fizz in a bag and a classic champagne and get them to guess which they think is the real deal. Then I ask them which they prefer.

The results are always so interesting, Ridgeview the English fizz nearly always gets more like votes than the classic champagne. Around half the people can’t tell the difference. It really is a great way to highlight fantastic fizz that doesn’t fall under the champagne umbrella.

Great cava is also hard to beat and I love the often berated Freixenet Reserva, this is great served with fish and chips or some chilli or salted chocolate.

This weekends tasters are set for a fantastic fizz selection from the classic dry Paul Herard champagne to the South African Graham Beck Rosé. Made in the same way as a classic champagne but at less than half the price.

They will also get to try a very lively and fruity Italian prosecco by Bisol Jeio, and a delicious and sweet Moscatel which will have your tastebuds in carnival mood, all the way from Brazil!

Lucky ladies, I will of course be spitting them out but will make sure that something equally tempting is waiting in the fridge upon my return.

It would be great to hear any thoughts on sparkling wine versus champagne, it’s always great to get fresh input from fizz lovers!

One final thought, the pictures in this blog are all taken by me and are of food and or drink. However, I was lucky enough to be running a tasting last night in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf, at the top of one of the towers, this was the view. What better place to stand and stare with glass in hand…