As the nation raises a glass to celebrate the birth of the third in line to the throne, WineWeaver considers some lesser known facts on champagne drinking.
Sparkling Wine vs Champagne:
Whilst Lanson has been the official champagne to the Wimbledon Championships for 25 years this is not the time to be complacent as Nielsen, a market research firm, says £403m worth of Sparkling Wines from around the world was sold in the UK last year compared to £320m worth of Champagne.
So watch out Champagne, the other ‘sparklers’ are on the up and up.
In fact, earlier this year, the Decanter World Wine Awards, one of the world’s leading wine competitions, earmarked spectacular success for English
Sparkling Wines, with a particular nod to a sparkling wine producer in Kent.
One of the three Regional Trophies awarded to England by the DWWA was bestowed upon Chapel Down vineyard in Kent, for their sparkling wine, the Chapel Down Blanc de Blancs .
Frazer Thompson, CEO of Chapel Down recently said “These are exciting times for English sparkling wine…”
Indeed, with Chapel Down sparkling wine having been served at Olympic and Royal occasions, (most notably it was Chapel Down that was ordered in for the Royal Wedding two years ago), who knows, maybe it was even a glass of Chapel Down Sparkling Wine that toasted the arrival of the Royal Baby, HRH Prince George of Cambridge!
Whether it’s a glass of Champagne or one of sparkling wine, everyone at WineWeaver would like to raise a toast in congratulations to the Royal Couple!
To read more about Sparkling Wine vs Champagne, WineWeaver’s lastest Press Release discusses a year punctuated with toasts – from sporting victories to Royal jubilations at some of the world’s biggest events.