Huia Blanc de Blancs and Marlborough Memories

Paul Howard Articles, Biodynamic, Blog, New Zealand, Organic, Sparkling Wine, Sustainability

Huia Blanc de Blancs 2016

Huia Blanc de Blancs and Marlborough Memories The Huia was a native New Zealand bird with beautiful plumage. In particular, its distinctive tail feathers, now extremely rare, were highly prized, both by the Maori and by milliners.  Sadly, this species hasn’t been seen since 1907 and is now almost certainly extinct. Huia is also the name of a winery.  In …

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Salon – expensive, but never dearer

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, France, Sustainability

The Gates of Champagne Salon

Salon – expensive, but never dearer Eugène-Aimé Salon founded Champagne Salon at the beginning of the 20th Century. He was a native of Champagne and from humble origins became a wealthy Parisian furrier and socialite. Champagne Salon arose when he decided to create his own Champagne, primarily for consumption by him and his society friends. Such was his obsession with …

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Mosnel EBB – White Gold for the 180th Birthday

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Italy, Sparkling Wine

Mosnel EBB White Gold

Mosnel EBB – White Gold for the 180th Birthday Recently, Franciacorta winery Mosnel celebrated its 180th Birthday, and I was privileged to be invited to take part. In the course of their celebrations, they had a very special treat. It was an opportunity to taste every release of their vintage Franciacorta called Mosnel EBB, back to the very first vintage of …

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English Fizz comes of age

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, England and Wales, Sparkling Wine

English Fizz comes of age

English Fizz comes of age. For English Fizz, this is the year that a step change happened. In years to come, we’ll look back at 2016 as the year everything seemed to go together. Climate change, professional winemaking, maturing vines, grape varieties, site selection, business and investment skills, media recognition, coveted awards and sheer self-confidence mean that English Sparkling Wines …

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What’s your Champagne Style?

Paul Howard Articles, Blog, Champagne, France

Champagne style

What’s your Champagne Style? While there is but one way of making Champagne, not all Champagnes are the same. Champagne is a blend of three essential ingredients: grape varieties, vineyards and vintages. In combination, they can create a particular Champagne style. Champagne is a protected word, meaning it can only come from the Champagne region. Most Champagne is a blend. …

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