Tag Archives: Sparkling Wine

Champagne Glass cleaning tips

4 Sep

Any celebration with the added touch of a glass of bubbly whether it be a Prosecco, Sparkling wine, Cava or Champagne is made extra special and unforgettable. However, many event organisers and publicans around the world will tell you, with many visitors and great events come with a mountain load of washing.


The flutes where one drinks his or her celebratory toasts needs looking after with a little more care in the washing department.

Below find the best tips on how to clean those tall and narrow champagne flutes without the need to scrub vigorously.

  • When washing by hand its good practice to use very mild detergent, add the tiniest of drops to the dirty glass. Then make sure that you foam up and sponge the dirty marks off removing all stains and marks. You will need to check that there is no soap residue left behind in the glass, or the next glass of bubbly will be bubbling for the wrong reasons.
  • Washing champagne flutes in a dishwasher is ideal, but you will need to hand dry them with a cotton dishtowel to remove any watermarks when the washing cycle has finished.
  • If the flute has lipstick that needs removing, then it is best to use a degreasing agent prior to washing. This will help loosen the colour particles that are staining the glass. Remember dirty glasses leave a poor impression and shout of lack of class.
  • The trick to a gleaming sparkle on the glass is to steam them over boiling water and then hand polish them using a dry tea towel.

If you are serving up these tasteful drinks at your next event, then add to the experience by offering guests sparkling wine in a sparkly clean glass. Let guests remember the event for the right reasons and not because drinks were served in a glass with watermarks.

New Research Suggests Champagne Helps Retain Memory

23 Jul

Few people of drinking age do not really need extra encouragement to drink a glass of champagne or sparkling wine, which is a favoured drink. However, if you are one of those who do not prefer the taste of champagne, it is time to reconsider. According to the study by UK’s Reading University, modest drinking of champagne helps with memory retention.

In the recent Forbes article, the results of the research concluded (research was done on lab rats that were given food with champagne in it, and a control group of rats given food without champagne) that it was the champagne made with red grapes that brought the most success of memory retention among the rats. The high amounts of polyphenol compounds in the red grapes attributed to the help of memory storage.

Sadly, the champagnes made from white grapes, also known as Blanc de Blancs, did not yield as high a result. So when buying bubbly at the store or online via Champagne Direct, think about buying champagnes made from red grapes (pinot noir). Prime examples of these champagnes are as follows:

Ayala Cuvee Rose Nature £50.00 – Beautiful blended mixture of “53% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir, and 8% still red wine.” This champagne is a nature champagne and has zero sugar included.

Billecart – Salmon Brut Reserve £34.95 – light tasting champagne made from Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. This champagne pairs well with many different dishes, and is perfect for any occasion.

Moet & Chandon Brut – Gold Diamond Suit £39.95 Limited Edition – Balanced impeccable by the champagne house of Moet & Chandon, this champagne has up to 40% of the Pinot Noir grapes. The wines selected for the champagne come from reserve wines. The Gold Diamond Suit keeps this rich and flavourful champagne chilled for hours.

When buying a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine read the label and check for the percentage of pinot noir included. The bubbly has always been a popular drink and now research has proven it offers up more than celebratory cheers, and great taste, it helps keep your memory intact.


Spirits and Taste Preference

17 Apr

Have you ever thought what makes a person prefer wine instead of champagne, or beer to wine? There are many different types of alcoholic beverages available, say if one were not a regular drinker, what would be the deciding factors in the final decision?

Wine vs. Champagne

This is a difficult comparison as both beverages have many options on the market. The biggest defining difference between these two drink choices is the bubbles or fizz that comes in the champagne and Sparkling Wine. If a person were a newbie to wine, it is best to stay away from the drier wines like Merlot. Try a sweeter wine like the Rose wine, and work one’s way up to a dry tasting wine.

It is easier to change from the Rose, a sweeter wine, and move to the Zinfandel or Pinot Noir. With champagne, it is the opposite effect. Many prefer the dry taste that Brut offers, especially if used in a champagne cocktail like a Mimosa. If one prefers sweeter champagne, they must look for Demi-Sec on the label, which indicates it has higher sugar content.

Beer vs. Wine

Drink preference really comes down to personal tastes. Some people love the tastes of a strong brew like the Guinness Black Lager, or prefer a pale lager such as Rolling Rock. When it comes to beer and wine, the choice made often depends on the meal intended to eat for the night. There are certain foods that just go better with a beer than they do a glass of wine.

Overall, try a little of this and a little of that until the tongue chooses the taste preference. Of course, this should be done responsibly over time and not all in one night. Know what to like, so next time the bartender asks, “What will it be?” The answer is readily there…  For us.. can you guess?