Le Petit Ballon Wine Review: September 2017
The Man behind every bottle of Petit Ballon brilliance is Master sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc. Originally from Gers in France, Jean-Michel began his journey of wine discovery here is England studying for five years to become a sommelier. With this duel perspective, Jean-Michel’s expertise and knowledge continued to grow and develop. International acclaim was inevitable for Jean-Michel, by 1990 achieving Master sommelier status, in 1994 becoming the Head Sommelier at the Ritz in Paris and from 2003 – 2006 presiding over the Paris-Île-de-France Sommeliers’ Association. Recognition was achieved, in the US Starwine competition, that brings together the top 60 tasters in the world, where Jean-Michel was recognised as one of the best tasters in the world. Continue reading
The Fizz Company ‘Skinny Fizz’ Review: June 2017
Company founders, Tony Stones and Teresa Barnard, a brother and sister team, had a passion for the fizzy stuff and frequently visited family producers located in Champagne. In 1999, they convinced some of the Champagne families to import their champagnes to the United Kingdom. Clearly, a gap in the market had been recognised, as the company continued to see rapid growth and by 2008 the business was booming, so much so Tony left his city IT job and turned what was originally a hobby, into a full-time career.
Bubble Club Review: March 2017
Jon Hulme and John Burke, the founders of the amazing revolutionary Bubble Club, that launched in 2016, became firm friends while studying at business school in Madrid. The business gurus behind the already successful craft gin club, continue to see many successes and highlights in their business ventures such as opening offices up in Soho London and securing investment from drinks enthusiast and entrepreneur Sarah Willingham on the BBC’s Dragons Den show – impressive stuff!
Classic Wine Tasting Review – Veeno Manchester: February 2017
“Two Italians Abroad” aka Nino and Andrea came to the UK to work and study. Little did they know that this decision would take them on a journey of a lifetime. A game of football and a few Vino’s after the match united them and their passion for authentic high quality food and drink. A few glasses of Vino later, some careful planning along with a spritz of entrepreneurial spirit, saw the very first Veeno open in Manchester city centre in 2013!