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Has the king of fizz gone flat?

Published:  30 April, 2019

The Champenois are working to adapt and recover Champagne’s position in the UK. But there is division among its ranks about how best to engage with younger consumers. James Lawrence reports

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Chapel Down creates England’s largest estate in Kent

Published:  29 April, 2019

Chapel Down has commenced planting at its 388 acre Boarley Farm site. Together with its Kit’s Coty and Boxley sites, Chapel Down will have a 620 acre estate of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier plantings to produce sparkling wine.

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English and Welsh sparkling wine sales hit new record

Published:  23 April, 2019

Sales of English and Welsh sparkling wine rose 6% across the on and off-trade in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to WSTA data released today to coincide with St George’s Day.

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Ridgeview invests £1.8m in new winery to double production

Published:  18 April, 2019

Ridgeview Wine Estate has invested £1.8 million in a new winery with the aim of doubling production to 500,000 bottles by 2023.

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Gramona president says Spanish fizz is in danger of becoming too splintered

Published:  16 April, 2019

The co-owner of family-owned Cava producer, Gramona, has voiced concerns over the fragmenting state of his country’s sparkling industry after too many designations have sprung up delineating Spanish fizz.

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Young drinkers more likely to experiment with fizz and fusion drinks

Published:  15 April, 2019

Younger Australians are more experimental when it comes to sparkling wine than older drinkers, according to the latest report on the Australian sparkling wine market by Wine Intelligence.

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Cream of the crop

Published:  20 March, 2019

Champagne’s lesser-known cousin has its work cut out to stand out in the UK, where it is but a drop in an ocean of sparkling wine. It’s up for the challenge though, finds Jo Gilbert

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Billecart-Salmon, Nicolas Feuillatte and Greyfriars reveal new editions

Published:  20 March, 2019

Billecart-Salmon has released two Champagnes, Nicolas Feuillatte has introduced a new Champagne Terroir Premier Cru and Greyfriars Vineyard has released a limited edition Blanc de Noirs.

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Prowein: Nyetimber prepares to step up presence in ‘traditional’ sparkling wine producing countries

Published:  19 March, 2019

Nyetimber has recruited an international area sales manager for Europe as part of plans to increase its presence in the traditional sparkling wine producing countries.

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The Champagne Academy appoints new chair

Published:  06 February, 2019

The Champagne Academy has appointed Alice Archer as its new chair for 2019 taking over from Marcus Little.

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KFWE puts sparkling in the spotlight

Published:  03 January, 2019

Kosher Food and Wine Experience London (KFWE) has announced that all things sparkling will be a key element of this year’s show for the first time.

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Insights: Focus on fizz

Published:  06 November, 2018

Drawing on sparkling wine research carried out with Wines Direct, Harpers assesses the state of play

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Official launch of ‘maximum bubbles, zero waste’ fizz preserver

Published:  23 October, 2018

A Champagne and sparkling wine preserver that promises to keep fizz in optimum condition for up to four weeks has been officially launched to the on-trade following a trial in a selection of high end restaurants.

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Juvé & Camps receives organic certification

Published:  22 October, 2018

Juvé & Camps has received organic certification following a three-year process of converting the vineyards to organic viticulture.

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Prosecco DOC reports ‘exceptional’ harvest

Published:  11 October, 2018

The Tutelary Consortium for Prosecco DOC has announced an “exceptional” vintage for this year’s harvest.

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South African producers thirst for English fizz

Published:  21 September, 2018

Two prominent South African wine estates are adding to the roster of overseas interest in English winemaking with plans to produce sparkling wine in the UK, Harpers has learned.

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Copestick Murray adds first Champagne to I Heart portfolio

Published:  10 September, 2018

Copestick Murray, owned by German group Henkell which recently purchased Freixenet to form the world’s largest sparkling wine supplier, has added the first Champagne to its I Heart range to replicate the success of the brand’s Prosecco.

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Jascots adds Sekt producer Schloss Vaux to tap fizz trend

Published:  02 September, 2018

Jascots has added Sekt Estate producer Schloss Vaux to its portfolio to tap Brits’ continued thirst for bubbles.

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Billecart-Salmon releases bicentenary cuvée and unveils new cellar

Published:  10 August, 2018

Billecart-Salmon has launched a collector’s cuvée and unveiled a new cellar as part of its bicentenary celebrations.

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Cottoning on to Cava

Published:  30 July, 2018

For Cava connoisseurs, Prosecco and Champagne can’t compete when it comes to quality and value for money. Jo Gilbert looks at how businesses are converting

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