Rule 1: Open a bottle of sparkling rosé wine. In this instance it is a bottle of the fab Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé, available across the country from many wine retailers.

Rule 2: Say “chin chin” with your other half whilst just out of the shower and let the effects sink in whilst getting dressed for the afternoon.

nat rose Taittinger

Rule 3: Dress smarter than you originally intended too. After all, the trajectory of the day just changed!

Rule 4: Eat!

Poached eggs on homemade toasted bread with butter, parsley, sea salt and cracked pepper.

Refill, say “chin chin” and enjoy a sip before indulging in the best brunch life can offer.

eggs taittinger

Tasting notes: Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé

This bright pink bubbly is a renowned drink for having fun / celebrating or simply just musing on the narrow collision with ennui that we all are sometimes subject to.

Fresh zesty nose, obvious raspberries, hints of strawberry even.

As the wine sparkles, raspberries coat the palate, add to that a good acidity to clean the palate for the next bite of food. We’ve added no sauces to the eggs to avoid a taste catastrophe with the wine.

It’s fun, slightly decadent (though how you proceed from here is totally to your own taste), and absolutely delicious all the way round!

Exhibition(ist): Dalai Lama at the Wellcome Collection Euston

On this occasion, headed out to the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition titled, ‘Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism’.

Amusingly the Dalai Lama’s of yesteryear were not impartial to the joys of wine and a certain amount of playfulness. In which case, this exhibition make the perfect pairing for a bottle of Taittinger rosé.

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On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!


Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.


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The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.


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