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The English language is surprisingly rich in the language of inebriation. If someone is a little ‘tipsy' – in the sense of slightly drunk and unsteady, rather than tipsy in the sense of askew or tilted (although they could be that too) – then there are many words to describe them.
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TIPSY-TONGUED

The English language is surprisingly rich in the language of inebriation. If someone is a little ‘tipsy' – in the sense of slightly drunk and unsteady, rather than tipsy in the sense of askew or tilted (although they could be that too) – then there are many words to describe them.

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Toast

First of all, why is a toast is called a toast? Apparently it was the Romans who first dropped burnt bread – known as ‘tostus’ meaning roasted or parched in latin – into their wine. The charcoal of burnt toast would soak up some of the acidity in inferior wine and make it more palatable.

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FILLING YOUR BOOTS

 Why do people glug fizz from footwear? Originally for good luck. Apparently this bizarre tradition dates back to the Middle Ages. Before battle some sort of alcohol would be drunk from the military commander’s boot to ensure courage and good luck. There was yet...

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MAGNIFICENT MAGNUMS

We all know that size matters and – in the wine world - a magnum is the size that matters most. A guest who spots a magnum on arrival knows fun is sure to follow. Clearly the host has a sense of theatre, great taste and is magnanimous. A magnum is a great...

Ambriel Magnum of classic cuvee bottle
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HOW TO TASTE IT

So now that your Sparkling wine has been expertly stored and poured (see previous posts) its time to sip. This is my favourite bit. THE MECHANICS What does it look like? Pick your glass up by the stem so that your hand does not warm the wine. Admire the clarity and...

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HOW TO SERVE IT

Sparkling wine is spectacular. Some Fizzerati have elevated the service of fizz to performance art: sabrage and champagne fountains show brio and verve. However, most of the time when simply sharing a bottle with friends, a more low key service is approriate....

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTION: STORE YOUR FIZZ PROPERLY

Now that you’ve brought your cherished bottles of fizz home – assuming that you are not going to drink it all at once - how do you store it? First, pick the right spot. If you’re lucky enough to have a wine cellar or a wine fridge, that’s perfect, put it there. If...

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Sabrage

Most of the time afizzcionados will twist the bottle gently to release the cork with a discreet and decorous sigh, but sometimes something more spectacular is required. For those moments, I present sabrage. Its a little more challenging, and a lot more dangerous,...

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Winter Pruning

After leaf fall, vines go into a dormant period and while they are sleeping we sneak up on them and prune them. Armed only with secateurs our trusty pruners lop off most of that year’s growth. In the wild, grapevines are woody tree climbers. Left to its own devices...

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