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This Valentine’s Day – Don’t settle for prosecco

Adam Mitchell

What does your typical Valentine’s evening entail? A couple of drinks in a nice bar followed by dinner in a swanky restaurant? Maybe even the theatre? Presumably roses make an appearance at some point. Now, how much does that set you back?  This year, the vast majority of us will be forced to save cash with a meal at home. Whether that’s likely to be a gastronomic triumph prepared by your own fair hand or the finest gourmet food delivered to your door, don’t spoil your meal by sitting it alongside a bottle of boring, mass-produced prosecco. Finish with a flourish by selecting a bottle of hand-crafted, sustainably sourced artisan Champagne… made with love, for the one you love.

A Sip Guide to Champagne Glasses

Peter Crawford

When we think about Champagne glasses it might be the classic flute that instantly springs to mind, but there are a range of options out there. Aside from the specific look and feel, their design will also transform the flavour of the Champagne and either increase or diminish your enjoyment of the wine in question. Here we take a peek at a clutch of the classics and what they have to offer…

This Christmas – Say it with Champagne

Adam Mitchell

Whether you’re looking for that extra-special, extravagant gift or you’re simply out of ideas, Sip has got you covered this Christmas. 2020 has been a poor vintage – laden with missed meetings and cancelled occasions – so why not make up for those unfulfilled days and evenings out with friends and family by sending them a gift to truly cherish.

How to Choose Champagne

Peter Crawford

We’ve all been there… scrolling through reams of Champagne thumbnails (or should that be ‘Reims’) and their seemingly indistinguishable descriptions, paralysed by indecision. Worry not! In this comprehensive guide, Champagne expert, Peter Crawford, gets to the coeur de cuvee to give you the lowdown on everything from labels to sugar, helping you separate the Grand Crus from the Grand Crud and the Blancs from the Plonks, saving you time, money and ensuring you find the most sumptuous Champagne around…

Big Brand vs Artisan Champagne

Peter Crawford

Love Champagne and looking to try something new? Resident Sip Champagne expert, Peter Crawford, takes a look at how our small batch, Artisan grower Champagnes compare to some of the biggest names in Champagne, from Moet to Bollinger and Krug to Cristal.

What is Champagne disgorgement?

Peter Crawford

Champagne Disgorgement, in simple terms, is the removal of dead yeast cells from a bottle before a new cork is added and is one of the key processes in the production of Champagne. Why is this important? Well, read on....

The Champagne Region

Peter Crawford

The Champagne region is a large area sitting 150km North West of Paris, France.  It has been a defined geographical area since 1927 and spans from as far north as Cormicy (20km North of Reims) all the way down to Les Riceys (50km Souch of Troyes).  All in, there are over 34,300 hectares of vines spread over 5 departments and 319 villages.

Growers champagne

Peter Crawford

Growers Champagnes are sparkling wines made by producers in the Champagne region who ma...

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