Champagne without the catch

Who doesn’t love a glass of Champagne? A flute of cold sparkly golden fizz is difficult to resist.  Long been associated with celebration, luxury and romance, the sound of the cork pop always heralds a good time. But like all good things in life, there is often a price to pay and Champagne is no exception.  If excessive consumption is involved, this payment might not be collected until the next day and that might be in the form of fatigue, a headache, nausea or regret. Depending on the amount consumed, such payments may even have to be extended over a period of time.  Of course, even if a moderate quantity is consumed, there is no avoiding the calories floating between those bubbles.  An average glass of champagne  contains around 100 calories and because champagne is so drinkable, these can add up quickly.

Sugar was originally a vital part of the champagne making process. It facilitated this fermentation that resulted in bubbles and in the 19thC it was made as a sweet drink.  Preferences gradually changed to a drier taste and while some considered the lack of sugar gave it a bland “brutish” taste, this marked the birth of the “brut”, a semi-dry or dry sparkling wine. While technology allowed the quantity of sugar to be significantly reduced while retaining the fizz, it did not disappear completely from the celebration drink we know and love today.  That is, until Amanda Thompson created “Skinny Champagne”.

Formerly a BBC broadcaster, Amanda moved to Paris in 2010 to fulfil a life-long ambition to study wine and Champagne. Her diploma at Le Cordon Bleu was taught in French under renowned wine teacher, Franck Ramage. Legendary wine expert Gerard Basset OBE is her mentor. Amanda has single-handedly launched a No Sugar, Grand Cru “Skinny Champagne” and more recently “Skinny Champagne Rosé” with the backing of its acclaimed French maker, Alexandre Penet, including a new collaborative label – a world first.

According to Amanda, her Skinny Champagne is a “beautifully balanced complex” Grand Cru Champagne without added sugar.  So, where can we try?

Skinny Champagne is now served in The Corner Restaurant and Bar on the 2nd Floor in Selfridges’ women’s fashion floor and can be enjoyed (guilt-free) by the  glass or by the bottle or as part of the Skinny Champagne Afternoon Tea, alongside a special menu curated by Selfridges’ talented Executive Chef, Mark Taylor.  

Skinny Champagne has been a great hit amongst the team at the Goldgenie office – not only does it taste great, crisp and refreshing but it comes in shades to match our favourite customisation tones – the Nature Cuvée Grand Cru in Gold and the Skinny Champagne Rosé in Rose Gold. And no sugar included? We say “cheers” to that!

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