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Bubbling enthusiasm at a chic new London bar

Champagne masterclasses are giving Flûte an extra fizz

Bubbling enthusiasm at a chic new London bar

January 21 2012
Vicki Reeve

Like many How To Spend It readers, Hervé Rousseau – the man behind central London’s new Flûte Bar & Lounge – has a very sensible French attitude towards champagne. In other words, he doesn’t wait for a special occasion to open a bottle of bubbly – and why should he when Flûte lists over 100 champagnes on its menu?

Now, for anyone who would like to brighten up January by learning more about bubbly, the speakeasy-style bar is offering monthly tastings for customers to compare the different styles. Held by Flûte’s in-house experts, the hour-long master classes start on January 28 and will, among other nuggets and tips, include insights into how champagne is made, suggest food pairings, and stage a Q&A session.

Absolutely no wine-tasting experience is needed to enjoy these events – indeed, the first is entitled “Introduction to French Champagne” (“Is there any other type?”, purists will cry) and will explore what makes French bubbly so different to other sparkling wines, help identify what makes a good champagne, and touch on the history of the wine, its creation and the region of Champagne itself. Three different-style bubblies will be tasted. Subsequent sessions will include “Grower Champagnes”, “Rosé Champagnes” and “Prestige Cuvée Champagnes”.

No doubt the most studious pupils will want to stay behind after class to try out their new-found expertise. Luckily, there’s plenty of bar food on offer to soak up the fizz, but you’ll need to book your place as soon as possible.