English fizz just as good as real champagne

The Prince of Wales declared that the taste of English fizz is so good it is like champagne this echoes what many in the English wine trade have said but show scant regard for the strict and complex laws of European food labeling. Camel Valley Wines in Cornwall last year was able to beat over 450 bottles even some from the  most famous champagne houses in being declared the world’s best sparkling wine at the International Wine Challenge.

Nevertheless the word champagne can only be applied to those sparking wines produced in 75,000 acres in and around the city of Reims in France and a right that is fiercely protected by those on the other side of the Channel. The drink is protected by the labeling laws of Europe that also are the same ones that ensure that Cornish pasties are only made in the England’s western most county and Kentish ale really is from Kent.

The Duchess commented when she and the Prince of Wales were touring the Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey which won an award for the best rose wine in the world last week. Prince Charles said as he sipped the wine what does our resident expert think and she replied it was very good and a few minutes later that it was absolutely delicious.

The Duchess then spoke a Mona Koening a tour guide and bemoaned the labeling laws by saying that English sparking wine is made the exact same way with the same grapes and in similar soil. She commented on how annoying to not be able to say it was champagne when it truly is champagne.

French drink and food experts were less than impressed with her comments as they mentioned that the law was the law and you can always lobby to have it changed if you so desire. But an Aston Martin can only call itself an Aston Martin. Champagne is our brand. Champagne houses have for years protected their products long before the European labels were established.