“Currant” Affairs

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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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UK to US: the special relationship in taste

The UK and the US have always had a special relationship: we may be divided by a common language but apparently our palates are in synch. Anne Krebiehl MW @AnneInVino reviewed English Sparkling Wines and encouraged her American readers to give it a go. The reason...

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HARVEST 2018

I’m always cautious of hyperbolic harvest reports but 2018 has genuinely been the best year ever. It has been 10 years since we planted our vineyards and the weather has not always been kind – remember the wet and chilly 2012? – but this year has been the joint...

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AMBRIEL TO NORWAY

Ambriel English Sparkling Wine is now available in Norway. We are delighted that both Ambriel Classic Cuvee and Ambriel Blanc de Blancs 2010 are now in Oslo for Norwegian fizzerati to sip. They are both a wonderful match for their superb Scandinavian seafood. What...

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DWWA GOLD

While its very un-British to boast, we're bursting to tell you that we won a gold medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018. Huzzah! Our Ambriel Blanc de Blancs 2010 - which we have waited 7 years before releasing - was awarded a gold medal with 95 points. We...

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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....