Champagne tasting with Sheerluxe X Searcy's @ The Gherkin
We all have that person who is difficult to buy gifts for and the dread that comes about each year right before said persons birthday. For me it's parents, specifically my dad (as really, me as a 21 year old girl has no idea in the world what a 50 year old man would want or need) but equally my mum is a mystery. I actually really love buying and giving gifts that are specific to people so the go-to socks, gift card or alcohol really is my worst nightmare.
So when I got an invitation from Sheerluxe for Champagne tasting with Searcy's in the Gherkin 1 week before her birthday a huge smiled beamed across my face. Bingo! There's not much more in this world my mum loves more than champagne so I booked us in straight away.
We met after work and headed to St Mary's Axe, after delayed trains it turned out we had no time for dinner so we were forced to start drinking champagne on empty stomachs (oops)
The champagne was great - of course - and the accompanying canapés were truly scrumptious (if I had been in a better mental state I may be able to explain what was in them... But trust me they were good!) I have never been up the Gherkin either, which I must say is amazing! The top is huge with a glass completely surrounding you 360o offering brilliant views over London.
Jonathan Simms, Ambassador or Champagne for Pernod Richard talked us through interesting facts about the Champagne houses and their history while also explaining the flavours and styles of each glass. We got to try 3 different bottles, G.H.Mumm Brut Le Rosé, G.H.Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge and Perrier Jouet Grand Brut (which was my favourite). I found out Brut describes the level of sugar in the champagne and Brut is one of the driest. Also a vintage wine does not mean it was made 100+ years ago, but actually refers to the type of grapes in the batch and that they all came from the same year (due to weather conditions in certain years the taste of the grapes can change. To avoid this they will mix grapes from different years to ensure a consistent and pleasant taste. Vintages simply means they were all from one year, usually a "good" harvest year and therefore more expensive!)
*sorry to bore you with my champagne talk however it really was interesting!*
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