Time for the world’s most festive tipple: joins us as we taste and discuss genuine AOC Champagne and Cava. As this year the tasting will be virtual I recommend you buy 2 half bottles (full bottles if you are feeling thirsty!)
– A classic Cava from Catalonia – for example Flama d’Or Brut
– A genuine Champagne, “brut nature” version (ie drier than usual)
As always I will employ photos, maps and diagrams to help explain everything about these delicious tipples. This is an amazing chance to really compare and contrast styles and flavours.
I’ll explain how they are all made, let you know what flavours you are supposed to be experiencing, and tell you a bunch of amazing stories about the geography and history of these fascinating regions. You’ll be able to access the tasting notes, maps and photos on your smartphones.
Along the way you’ll learn the crucial differences in these bottles and discover your preferences: Reims or Troyes? Majority Chardonnay or Pinot? Malo or not? Maison or Grower-Champage? Brut or zéro dosage? Oak or steel? Rosé saigné or assemblage? So many questions! So few liver cells…
You should set yourselves up with some accompanying food – my suggestions are:
– Salty snacks like crisps and nuts
– Seafood, e.g. smoked salmon or prawns
– Double or triple fat cheese, such as Brie or Brillat-Savarin respectively
– Salami or pâté
– Strawberries, fruit tarts or buttery biscuits
Our previous bubbly tasting was a super event – we met in Tiergarten in Berlin.
With International Champagne Day just gone (Oct 25th) and Business Women’s Day just a couple of weeks ago, it’s a good time to reflect on the fascinating story of the “veuve” Champagne houses.