Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé

under 50 blueIf it wasn't for pink champagne I probably wouldn't notice the coming and going of St Valentine's Day. But, pink bubbly has definitely grown on me as a desirable drink that is fruity, fun and seductive. We have had several samples sent in and are keen to find food pairings that match the profile of bursting fruit, tongue coating effervescence and titillating touch on the senses.

Nature Morte: A heavenly aperitif and nibbling combination

Wandering around Herne Hill in South London looking for "coal biscuits" I came across Rosary Ash goats cheese. As ash and coal are both inextricably linked to the carbon cycle, it seemed like the right idea to replace any fruit or relish addition with the carbon dioxide-rich raspberry pink Prestige Rosé Champagne Taittinger.

Taittinger is known for producing consistently high-quality champagne to suit a range of occasions, so there is no reason why the season of amour should not feature.

The combination of the creaminess of the cheese, the subtle tasting dryness of the coal biscuits and summer red fruitiness of rosé, make this a combination that will give you pause. It's an assured HIT. If you are seducing this Feb 14 this is a fine entré!

 

Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé NV - £35-40 from a wide range of retailers

Rosary Ash Goats Cheese - Duggard & Daughters in Herne Hill London

 

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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

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I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

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The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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