Tag: sparkling wine

Notes from the vineyard: a waiting game

Continuing our series following life at Nyetimber, this month winemaker Brad Greatrix explains exactly what happens to the wine during and after its all-important second fermentation In English vineyards we’re currently in between two important viticultural stages – budburst and flowering. We discussed budburst in the previous instalment of this blog, and I’ll cover the all-important […]

How to open Champagne

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, this extract from our introductory wine book tells you how to pop corks like a pro (and without losing half the bottle) Standing on the Winner’s Podium, the triumphant athlete shakes the Champagne bottle and releases a fountain of fizz… This image of celebration (or shocking waste, if […]

Champagne – better late-disgorged?

R.D., L.D. or D.T. – more and more Champagne bottles seem to be bearing these enigmatic acronyms, but what do they mean? We asked Champagne Specialist Edwin Dublin to explain what exactly late disgorgement is and why the trend has seized the industry. R.D., récemment dégorgé and dégorgement tardif all refer to that niche Champagne […]

Divide and rule

As Champagne alternatives rise in popularity, with English sparkling wine trickling into the mainstream, Cava continues to battle its low-quality image. Here Simon Field MW – our Buyer for both Spain and Champagne – formally introduces the wines of two quality-focused Cava houses producing superb wines. With apologies for the tired formula, it may be […]