Staying Ahead of 2018’s Wine Trends with Nickolls and Perks

Who could have predicted the inexorable rise of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Argentinian Malbec? Have you ever wondered if you could anticipate the next big thing in wine? Well the hugely popular Danish app Vivino is trying to do just that. With over a million wines and several million subscribers, Vivino is one of the world’s largest online wine … Read More

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Sparkling Wines for the Festive Season

On one magical day of every year, it is considered socially acceptable – necessary, even – to drink Champagne in the morning. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. At this time of the day, the wine falls into its classic function as an aperitif; not just to whet the appetite for the day’s overeating, but indeed to whet … Read More

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Champagne Tasting at N&P October 2015

Friday 9th October saw a full house in the old cellars underneath the corner shop. Tim did a superb hosting job, talking us through the wines and offering various hidden secrets of Champagne, including the startlingly brilliant idea that recent studies have strongly suggested that Champagne is the answer to Alzheimer’s, I’m sold on that one. I can’t remember what … Read More

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Bollinger Spectre Limited Edition At Nickolls and Perks

By Rhiannon Gardener The eagerly awaited release of the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ is within touching distance, a film series that we here at N&P thoroughly enjoy. Along with the film, each time we are keen to discover what champagne gems Bollinger will offer up, as their long-term partnership with Bond seems as strong as ever. The association  began … Read More

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Another great night with MP and the boys at HDV

  The Taittinger Comtes 2000 from a limited edition anniversary bottling celebrating 800 years of Reims’ Cathedral, was a bit of a surprise for me, seeming more youthful than the previous tasting of this excellent Blanc de Blancs. It’s character was not lost mind on the boys, MP picking up on the baby sick and Dave hedging for the smoky woody … Read More

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An evening at Chateau Margaux

By Will Gardener                      On Tuesday last week I was among the privileged few to be invited to a celebration and inaugural viewing of the new facilities at Chateau Margaux. Designed by Norman Foster, the new Chais with high tech laboratory and wine library boasting 800,000 bottles, is a triumph and one … Read More

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Living it up in Leicestershire

Nine of us sat down in rural Leicestershire for an excellent gastronomic evening, with Michelin Starred Chef Sean Hope of the Olive Branch in Clipsham, drafted in to provide the fare to match no less than fourteen admirable bottles. Bollinger Grande Annee 2002, which gets better and better, was a perfect aperitif to kick off this warm May evening’s proceedings, and it was not … Read More

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Champagne – Taste the Stars. Friday 12th December 2014.

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The famous French Benedictine monk may not have actually said, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” However, we’ll be tasting some star quality Champagnes this evening, including the fabulous 2004 Dom Pérignon! Whether your Christmas arrangements are perfectly organised, or you’re about to embark on a flurry of manic activity, this evening’s tasting is a treat you deserve!

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Wine on a high…

The view from the eleventh floor of one of Birmingham’s new and iconic high rises offered the perfect setting for a great evening of food wine and sleuthing. Two attractive flutes of palish golden fizz kicked off proceedings. Initially the colour differential was slightly encumbered due to heavy condensation. They were a little over-chilled reflected in the tight nature of … Read More

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Champagne Palmer & Co. ‘One of Champagne’s Greatest Cooperatives’

‘One of Champagne’s greatest cooperatives’– Tom Stevenson Author of: The World Encyclopaedia of Champagne and Sparkling Wine, and The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Guide The production and distribution of quality champagne can be a highly complicated process, particularly when it comes to the relationship between the wine growers and the large champagne houses or most recognised brands. To facilitate … Read More

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