Yes this is real: English sparkling wine was voted better than champagne in a blind tasting


A panel of Parisian champagne experts got together on Wednesday night to decide that English bubbly is the best bubbly. We’ll toast to that!

A team from Britain’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association travelled to the French capital to host a big blind tasting for wine elites and members of the public.

The Daily Telegraph reports that it was the first tasting of its kind in Paris, and those taking part said the English sparkling wine was better in two out of three categories. In the last category, it tied with the champagne. A $60 bottle of Nyetimber’s sparkling wine, for instance, was considered better than a $95 bottle of Billecart-Salmon Grand Cru champagne.

“We couldn’t have expected the tasting to go so well,” said Matthew Jukes – the British wine expert who organized the event – to the newspaper.

In recent years England’s wine industry has begun to flourish – its increasingly warm climate and chalky soils are ideal production conditions, and even the French are starting to agree. Last year Taittinger became the first Champagne house to invest in British vineyard real estate, after buying 170 acres of land in Kent.