Celebrating the beauty of bubbly, International Champagne Day 2019 takes place on Friday 18th October – the day before British Champions Day at Ascot (and a great excuse for drinking fizz!).
So to help you make this most of this delightful combination of events, here is our round-up of seriously lovely Champagne related suggestions:
SHARPHAM SPARKLING BRUT, DEVON (a British ‘champagne’)
Sharpham’s 2014 Sparkling Brut is a classic sparkling wine made in the traditional method by a multi-award winning British vineyard, from the well known Champagne grape varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. It’s been aged in the bottle for 24 months before being released, which gives a refreshingly crisp initial palate followed by light biscuity notes and a long dry finish.
Price: £22.99 from Adnams.
As we all know, Champagne makes for marvellous chocolates, particularly in the form of these milk chocolate Marc de Champagne truffles, filled with rich chocolate ganache. Despite its French name, Charbonnel et Walker (est. 1875) is one of Britain’s earliest chocolatiers. Encouraged by Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), the company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Mme Charbonnel, the latter from the Maison Boissier chocolate house in Paris. Charbonnel et Walker’s shop is now housed in the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, and the company is endorsed by the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty The Queen.
Price: £13.96 from Chocolate Trading Company.
Because we all know two bottles are better than one, this Double Champagne Cooler can keep them both on ice until you are ready to toast a raceday winner! Bringing Ralph Lauren elegance to the occasion, its sleek stainless steel bucket features (removable) equestrian-inspired saddle leather handles.
Price: £250 from Ralph Lauren.
This handmade glass Champagne Saucer has a frosted Race Horse Frieze around the edge, to get you and your guests in the right mood for raceday! It is delivered in a gift box so also makes a lovely thank you present for raceday hosts.
Price: £15.99 per glass from Great British Glass via Etsy.
Getting Personal offers a range of personalised designs including this Star label… simply send them the name and personal message to appear on the label and entertain your guests or racing party hosts with your (or their) own-brand bubbly!
Don’t just plonk your plonk down on a table! Place it in a coaster to stop the table getting wet. This Classic Silver Wine Coaster is handmade and hallmarked in London. An inset silver disc in the base can be engraved with a name, initials and date, and it can also be personalised with a longer message around its edge – a good way to mark an occasion or perhaps as a thank you gift to your raceday host (particularly if they have a winner!)? The base is made of Sapele mahogany from a sustainable source and has FSC certification.
Price: available in three sizes, from £115, from Hershey & Son.
Treat your girly gang to a luxury hamper for your raceday get-together. An award winning Rosé Jacquart Champagne forms the centrepiece, alongside Cranberry & White Chocolate Fudge and gourmet Caramel & Chilli Popcorn. Dig further to discover Belgian truffles, marshmallow pieces, medium strength breakfast coffee, strawberry cookies and rosehip & hibiscus herbal tea. All presented in a reusable wooden bowl and beautifully gift-wrapped with ribbon.
Price: £70 from Hampergifts.co.uk
Cheer on your runners with this set of four individually coloured champagne flutes with an elegant bubble effect at the base, from the Fizz collection by upcoming glassware brand Anton Studio Designs. Intricately moulded from high-quality mouth-blown glass, the champagne flutes feature different ‘jewel’ tones so you can select the racing colours you’re going to follow.
Price: £29.99 from IWOOT (I Want One Of Those).