There are a number of first class Champagnes that can be happily consumed by vegans. Indeed, the majority of Champagnes are vegan, so you certainly shouldn’t have any problem at all finding one to suit your taste and budget. As ever, this information comes with the usual caveat of being correct at the time of writing.
5 Stay-at-home Valentines ideas
The idea of picking a sweetheart and showing them your love on Valentines Day spread through Europe in the Middle Ages. Some people believed that birds began picking their mates on February 14th. Nowadays, the tradition has grown beyond just sweethearts and is about showing friends and family, as well as partners, how much you care for them. This year, more than ever, is a time to reach out to loved ones and send them something special. Though it may not be possible to meet in person or go out to any fancy restaurants this year, there are still plenty of options to have a romantic, special day. Here’s a top 5 list of fun Valentines Day activities to do whilst socially distanced:
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A great bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge bursts with rich raspberry and plummy fruit flavours. As it evolves, you’ll taste notes of dusted leather, game, and herbs. The Francophiles – and the actual French – call this herbal play “garrigue,” after the region’s scrubland of sage, rosemary, and lavender.
As if that wasn’t enough, CdP Rouge often finishes on a sweet-strawberry tingle that glows in the back of your throat from elevated alcohol. The finish ranges from sweet to savory, depending on the vintage.
We loved this article from our friends at 'COCO Chocolatier' and wanted to share this with you.
Written by Calum Haggerty
As an independent business we decided to show our support for the outstanding work carried out by the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic in our own way; merging artwork with single origin chocolate is what we do, and it felt right to dedicate a collection to our National Health Service. We paired up with artists Sir Billy Connolly, Andrew Rae and Portis Wasp to create the Thank You NHS Collection.
El Ron De Cuba!
Shaped by Cuban climate, geography, history, and people, rum is an essential part of the nation’s culture. As its finest expression, the Havana Club range represents this rich heritage. Produced by Maestros del Ron Cubano following traditional Cuban methods, enjoyed by Cantineros and rum drinkers around the world to the rhythm of the best Cuban music, Havana Club embodies the spirit of Cuba.
Crafted by Maestros Del Ron Cubano
The values of Havana Club are best represented by the Maestros del Ron Cubano. This is not a job taught in textbooks. As Don José Navarro, the premier Maestro del Ron Cubano put it, it is “a cultural heritage, passed on from Maestro to Maestro”. For 15 long years the aspiring Maestro undergoes through a rigorous training. Under the supervision of a senior Maestro del Ron Cubano he learns to select the best molasses, supervise their fermentation and distillation, pick the best casks to age the distillates and blend them to obtain the finest rums. A Maestro del Ron Cubano is a true master of his craft.
Moet et Chandon remains one of the world’s largest champagne producers, creating around 26,000,000 bottles each year. Their vineyards are classified as ‘grand cru’ (great growth), the classification given to vineyards which produce particularly high-quality grapes. The Moet et Chandon vineyards cover some 2,500 acres and the company ships champagne around the world.
You can find a deluxe selection of champagne gifts for nationwide UK delivery at the Hamper Lounge online store, sure to interest any Moet et Chandon fan, including our Champagne & Truffles gift box
Port is a truly fantastic alcoholic beverage, and hugely popular around the world. But how many of us know the true history behind this delicious drink? Here’s all you need to know about how port came to be…
Early origins in Portugal
When the Romans first arrived in Portugal, they promptly set about growing vineyards which produced wine-ready grapes. This process continued for over five hundred years on the banks of the Douro River, where it all began so long ago. Port later became a major export for the Portuguese from 1143 onwards, but it wasn’t until much later that ‘Port’ as we now recognise it began to take shape. The first wines carrying this name didn’t leave Portuguese shores until the 17th century, but the route to this process was a long time in the making.
At Hamper Lounge, we gather some of the finest items to add to our superb hampers and gift boxes from a range of carefully-curated suppliers. One of our favourites is the wonderful Harrogate Candle Company, who create stunning scented candles. Let’s take a closer look at the brand…
About The Harrogate Candle Company
The Harrogate Candle Company was founded by Fiona Carr and Deborah Wilson in 2012. The brand is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire – and the range reflects these scenic surroundings, with colour palettes and packaging designed to help represent Harrogate to the fullest. The company had a clear purpose; creating the finest-quality scented candles on the market, using only all-natural, high-quality essential oils. Adopting this naturally-led approach, Harrogate Candle Company initially developed a range of candles in five signature fragrances, designed to inspire emotion: Happy, Inspire, Lovely, Divine and Dream. The brand later created a sixth scent for the festive season, Orange and Cinnamon, and has branched out to expand the scent range into a series of carefully curated collections which have won fans around the world. With a range of candle sizes available, it’s easy to find something to suit every space, and the company has now expanded their range even further to include Reed Diffusers, Gift Sets and Room Mists.
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