Pink Champagne+food pair: 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.

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Churchill & Champagne: Tutored Tasting

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'Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne.'
Sir Winston Churchill

Join us for an evening hosted by author and Churchill culinary expert, Catherine Heyrendt, and renowned Champagne expert Carl Edmund Sherman. Carl Edmund will serve a selection of 6 hand-picked champagnes to accompany six of Sir Winston's favourite tasting dishes, with anecdotes supplied by Catherine.

 

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 For those wishing to learn more about the nuances of fine champagne, Carl Edmund is a known expert in Reims, the Champagne capital. He regularly instructs masterclass tutored tastings with some of the finest bubbly made in the region.
Catherine is a professor at the University of Reims who has an expertise in English history as well as fine dining and champagne. This is a unique opportunity to experience a more personal passion of one of the greatest Brit's that ever lived, who was also a member of the National Liberal Club for 15 years.

This special event is open to non-members as well as members of both the Author's Club and the National Liberal Club. An auction will follow the tasting.

All proceeds from the event will go to Bhola’s Children, a charity which supports a home and school for disabled children in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh.

Tickets £100 - You can either send a cheque, made payable to Bhola’s Children, to 12 Cornwall Grove, London W4 2LB or make a bank transfer, with the reference*:
"[surname] C and C"
Bank: CAF Bank Ltd.
Sort code: 40-52-40
Account No.: 00015301
Acc. Name: Bhola’s Children

If you have paid by transfer, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can add you to the attendee list. This information will be removed once the list is full.

*Authors' Club and NLC members may also book directly with the NLC office.  

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The David Lloyd George room at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE  seats only 120 so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Domaine Evremond - Champagne Taittinger in Kent

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Champagne Taittinger acquired the Kent farmland in autumn 2015, announcing the launch of Domaine Evremond that December. The initial planting to bring the Domaine Evremond vineyard to life, will take place during May 2017, with plans to plant a total of 40 hectares over the next two to three years.

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