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Wine & Party Fizz With Chris Hill

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

This year, as we are in recession mode we will have a keen eye on price and value for money as well as quality and taste. We will be showing viewers how to have a champagne bash on a lemonade budget.

From Cava to Champagne we will have something to reflect every budget.

Wine Expert Chris Hill Biog:
Chris Grew up around Dun Laoghaire but went to College in England for two years. After college he worked in bars for a few years where a fledgling wine interest developed. His Wine interest developed further while overseas in Europe, N.Z and Australia. He returned to Ireland in 1998 and did the W.S.E.T Certificate wine course. Followed by three more years study that saw the completion of the Diploma. During the study period he worked first with Findlaters Wine Merchants, then with McCabes and has been working with James Nicholson Wine Merchant for six and a half years now. Has been In the business for 8 years.

Chris really loves the wine industry and plans to stay in it into the future. He sees people drinking better quality, more diverse and interesting wines as their knowledge of wine develops. Chris enjoys travelling around the wine producing areas of the world visiting wineries and vineyards, meeting the passionate winemakers and sampling their way of life.

Chris will talk us through his selection of six different sparkling wines and champagnes

1. Aldi Cremant
2. Marks & Spencer Cava
3. Prosecco
4. Tesco Sparkling Wine
5. Champagne

Cremant de Jura Sparkling Chardonnay
€9.99 per 75cl
Availability: Available each day at Aldi's 61 stores nationwide

Marks & Spencer - Vintage Cava Brut
Price: €12.99
Availability: Marks & Spencer stores nationwide

Guerrieri-Rizzardi Prosecco Vino Spumante Extra Dry
Price: €15.99
Availability: O'Briens stores nationwide

Tempus Two Pewter Pinot Chardonnay
Price: €19.99
Availability: Tesco Nationwide

Forget-Brimont 1er Cru Champagne
Price: €33.85
Availability: & Independents nationwide