Champagne sales fall as we turn to cheaper sparkling wines

It’s hardly the most surprising of news (there has been something of a recession after all) but Champagne shipments to the UK dropped last year.

And research shows that sales of cheaper sparkling wines like cava and prosecco soared during the same period of time.

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Pub life

When my husband and I held our wedding reception at our local pub (The White Horse, in Coxtie Green, Essex, for those of you who are interested!) we were, it seemed at the time, in something of a minority.

All the weddings I had ever attended were (with one glorious exception in Sicily) at fabulous country manors, or super plush hotels, or castles.

Tying the knot at the cute church behind your house and then enjoying pie and mash and a pint or two (that’s the fellas, obviously.  I stuck happily to Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial) was seen by rather a few of our friends and family as pretty quaint and a little unusual.

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