Champagne versus Sparkling

Ever since its first sparkle, Champagne has been the preferred choice for celebrations of all kinds. Royal, political, national, fashionable, sporting – whatever the occasion, it has to be Champagne. As Christmas approaches, each of us will certainly purchase a few of these bubbly nectars, and I propose that we first have a taste of a few of them.

We all have tasted amazing Champagnes, but we rarely had the occasion to compare them with one another. Are the big Champagne estate like “Moet et Chandon”, or “Bollinger” really worth the legend, or could they be easily shaken by other less marketed beverages like Prosecco, Cava, or event English sparkling, which apparently beneficiates from the same chalky soil and sun exposure as those of the Reims region ? During this session, we will taste some of the greatest big estate Champagnes which have made this region world famous as well as some amazing “pirates” (odd ones out) which will probably put in perspective the power of merchandising.

Yet this region is full of talented wine-makers and we cannot ignore the inventiveness that reigns within those hills. We will discover some less exposed wine-makers whom have, under their protective anonymity and through a long and thoughtful process,  mastered the art of generating new aromas which are often unheard of in Champagne glasses...

Hope to see you all there. The cost per person will be approximately 15£ to 20£ depending on the final spendings. Please RSVP quickly as the number of participants will be limited to 15.

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Maria P.

    Great Night .
    Listening to radio4 on Monday I was interested in a topic covered on the "you and yours" programme they were blind tasting champagne - interesting findings ! Tip - eat parmesan with cheaper champagne apparently really compliments ! programme will be on listen again on their website if anyone interested

    December 11, 2013

  • Jane

    Suprised by the range of wines and by the great taste of English wines. Great food and hosting. Fab company.

    December 8, 2013

  • Karen G.

    Hi all I have had a look at Eglantine Vineyard (near Bunny!!) which does tours but only during the summer - they like to book ahead upto a year in advance - for groups of 10 people so maybe if we can get a group together it is worth booking a slot - only a fiver a head. Not sure how to do it but Emmanuel maybe you could send out an invite?

    December 7, 2013

    • Emma T

      great idea, but wow you need to book a year in advance! I imagine we would get a few people cancelling but then extras booking on, so I'm sure it would work out.

      December 7, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Yes, I would definitely be up for this visit, hopefully we can get 10 people together and make it happen.

      December 8, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Another superb night with some challenging wines, many of which I didn't know about or hadn't tried before. Many thanks to Emmanuel for organising it and Emma for hosting and for all who bought food.

    It has confirmed that I love the classic champagne style of Bollinger and others but it was very interesting to try some of the newer styles. And I am disappointed to find that Ulysse Collin Blanc de Blanc is £60 per bottle at Selfridges :-( But I think its worth even that much. Superb stuff!

    December 7, 2013

    • Emmanuel B.

      Hi Rob, good you liked it overall. I bought the Ulysse Colin Blanc de Blanc at his own place a couple of years ago, when he was still very unknown. It was at the time 23E/bottle, but given the limited number of bottles, the prices have probably been rocketing since. I'll look on french website how we could get some, and will let you know. Also worth looking into Larmandier Bernier (with less ageing maybe) and Egly Ouriet who are very talented artist-like wine makers as well

      December 8, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Yes please let me know if you can source Ulysee Collin wines for less money. I'm trying to get some for Christmas. As I said, I do think it is worth £60 because its quality is so high. And thanks for the tips on the other wine makers.

      December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel. Something i cannot get out of.

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awe so sorry, going to have to cancel. Will try and make the next one. Not doing very well, have only recently joined and haven't made it to any meetings yet. Have a lovely time.

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a pity I cannot come as I just love champagne and good sparkling/ methode champenoise - got roped in to babysit our 3 yr old grandaughter at our house. Have a great evening

    December 6, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Really looking forward to this. I hope to find some sparkling wines that can match a good champagne but for less money!

    December 5, 2013

  • Adela

    It seems I shan't be back from London in time

    December 2, 2013

    • Emmanuel B.

      Shame, I had found some amazing Cava to taste against Champagne

      December 4, 2013

  • Emmanuel B.

    Dear all, our Champagne evening is approaching and I realised that most of you do not have Emma's address. Here it is then : Flat 2 (ground floor on right), Carisbrooke House, 2 Southey St, Hyson Green, NG7 4BG. Emma's place is about half way down Southey St. It is in a big old house behind a big brick wall with a wooden gate that says Carisbrooke flats 1-4. If you're on public transport, then the easiest is to catch the tram & get off at the High School, her house is about a 5 min walk from there, but also about 5 mins from Alfreton road where there are lots of buses. Emma's phone number for anybody that gets lost is[masked] or mine is 07801778221. We will meet at 8h30 and will start drinking immediately. There are approximatelly 10 bottles of Champagne and other sparkling and the participating fee is 20£/head. Hope to see you all on friday and do not forgert to update your RSVP if you think you can no longer make it.

    December 4, 2013

  • Karen

    I thought that I had RSVP'd to this ages ago, apparently not. I am really looking forward to this tasting and I can stay and fully enjoy the night. Champagne and sparking is a style of wine that I really enjoy, what a shame that it is not drunk more frequently, a shame to save it for 'special occasions. I went to an excellent champagne tasting in London many years ago and have been drinking my 'favourites' ever since, I wonder if my tastes have changed?

    November 26, 2013

  • Emmanuel B.

    Dear oenophiles, I have more or less completed the purchasing of our amazing Champagne/Sparkling bottles for a total of 300£ for approximately 8 to 10 bottles. I am therefore thinking of asking all participants 20£/head which, if we turn to be 15 as the site currently says we are, would nicely make it. Hope you are all ok with it. This event is currently restricted to 15 people, please update your RSVP if you don't think you can make it or if you think the fee is a bit steep.

    November 25, 2013

  • Emma T

    For those wanting to come on public transport & not drive, I'm pretty close to the High School stop on the trams, or a 5 min walk from Alfreton Road where there are lots of busses. I imagine most people might not want to be driving!

    November 16, 2013

    • Emma T

      Just over 5 mins walk

      November 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thats great. Thanks

      November 23, 2013

  • Maria P.

    Hoping to be converted,never been a fan of sparkling wines so this will be a great opportunity to challenge my perceptions !

    November 16, 2013

  • Emmanuel B.

    The next wine evening about Champagne will be at Emma's. Hope you can all make it.

    November 11, 2013

  • Karen

    Sounds like a good idea and I will have no transport problems this day.

    October 25, 2013

18 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create a Meetup Group and meet new people

Get started Learn more
Bill

I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.

Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy