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5 Questions to ask before you buy Champagne

5 Questions to ask before you buy Champagne

Published at 5:38pm 31st January 2018. (Updated at 5:43pm 31st January 2018)

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Want to impress your Valentine? Local wine experts Ake and Humphris have really simple tips for anyone wanting to get some Champagne for their romantic night. 

Roses, chocolates and... Champagne! Traditions of Valentine's Day are always a good bet when it comes to showing your other half how much they mean to you. We'll leave the roses and chocolates to you, but got some help from local wine and beer shop Ake and Humphris for the fizz.

Presenting the Top Five tips for choosing Champagne this Valentine's Day!

  1. What do they normally drink? This is a good indication of the flavours and types of wine they like, so feel free to use this as a guide. Is your prosecco drinking Valentine choosing it because its their favourite, or would they prefer Champagne but it's usually a bit more pricey? Now THAT is the question. 
  2. What Champagne would work well with chocolates? Some will work better than others, but generally speaking it's not a great pairing. Whilst they are both generally speaking romantic gifts, they were never intended to be eaten together. 
  3. Can we opt for fizz that's NOT Champagne? Of course! In fact , lots of people prefer other sparkling wines. Prosecco is experiencing some serious popularity at the moment, but what about Cava? Choose one which is a reserve or a gran reserve to assure better quality. And Franciacorta is a great option as well, made recently popular by Gino DiCampo!
  4. Are the biggest names impressive? Choosing one of the most 'prestigious' champagne brands might lead you to believe you're making a good choice with the price bracket, but it's actually a wise choice to go for a lesser known brand sometimes. Whilst well known brands such as Moet and Chandon or Verve Cliquot are paying for big brand sponsorship deals, others are quietly perfecting their wine and whilst they might cost less money, they're definitely not delivering less on flavour. £20 can get you a good bottle providing you choose correctly... luckily, the team at Ake and Humphris can help you there!
  5. What if my Valentine doesn't drink alcohol? Forget the Shloer  and strange tasting de-alcoholised wines, a rather brilliant new product on the market is taking 0% lovers by storm. Bees Knees is now available at Ake and Humphris... why stop Dry January at the end of January??

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Ben Franklin from Stray FM's Food and Drink Show went to talk to Paul Auty and Tara Stagman at Ake and Humphris on Leeds Road, Harrogate about getting those bubble just right...

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