National Champagne Week:ten of the best champagnes for every palette - from fruity rosés to crisp citrus fizz

National Champagne Week gives you the perfect excuse to pop a cork and raise a glass full of bubbles...  

The UK has been one of the number one buyer of champagne since the end of the Second World War - proving we're a nation of impeccable taste.

British demand dating back to the 1800s has even influenced how champagne is made, according to Joel Claustre, Master of Culinary Arts at Searcys.

He says: "Brut has become the iconic style across the Champagne region, all thanks to the British request to make more Champagne in this style."

"British royalty, politicians, celebrities all chose champagne as their favourite tipple particularly for significant moments of celebration. Winston Churchill famously enjoyed a 'pint' of Pol Roger champagne every day!"

Saturday 1 October sees the start of National Champagne Week, with events 'popping' up across the capital.

You can take part in the festive spirit with champagne connoisseurs Nicolas Feuillatte, who are hosting the world's longest dinner party. For £49, guests can feast on brunch, lunch or dinner on October 8 or October 9. Each meal features nine courses, all paired with Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.

Also celebrating this week are Oh, You Pretty Things, a collection of nationwide champagne bars. Head to Soho for a series of free 30-minute tastings with their experts before trying their signature cocktails at the pop-up bar - but tickets need to be purchased in advance.

Or if you prefer, toast Britain's bubbly heritage in your own way, and join in the celebrations wherever you are with @ChampangeWeek or with the hashtag #ChampagneWeek.


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