Jiles's Blog

Who Am I?

17 years spent living and working in Champagne has allowed Jiles to build up a vast amount of knowledge about all things bubbly as well as a very extensive network of contacts, especially amongst the smaller and less well-known champagne makers whose champagnes will probably amaze you with their quality and diversity.

A job as area manager for Asia and Australia with Moët et Chandon was what first drew Jiles to Champagne after completing an MBA in Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC, a prestigious business school just outside Paris.

After nearly 9 years at Moët Jiles moved back to the UK where he started one of the first online businesses promoting and selling grower champagnes,

However the draw of ‘The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings’ once again proved irresistible and another 8 year stay in Champagne was the result. During this second stay in Champagne Jiles worked with the Syndicat Général des Vignerons de Champagne as an accedited consultant for small, independent champagne makers before setting up his own consultancy.

Jiles now spends his time between England and Champagne.and puts his knowledge and contacts to work helping wine lovers everywhere learn more about champagne and helping businesses and individuals to create their own private champagne brand.

He is the author of two books on champagne, several concise guides to champagne  and is the creator of an online champagne study course called My Champagne Expert

 


 

Champagne Tasting in Champagne

altChampagne has gone tasting event crazy; at least that’s what it seems like in 2012

In a recent post I told you about 3 champagne tasting events on successive days in April and now there’s a fourth one to delight your taste buds and, so I’m told, yet another that will start up next year.

The new group includes many excellent champagne makers whose absence in the other groups had probably puzzled you

Selosse

Egly-Ouriet

Jérôme Prévost

 and several others, although I don’t yet have the full list of participants

I am still waiting for confirmation of the venue and the date but I understand that this new event will be on Sunday 15th April, the same day as the Terroirs et Talents de Champagne event – it’ll be a busy day

Winter In Champagne

In you live anywhere in Europe the chances are that it's just as cold, right now, where you are, as it is here in Champagne

Not so many weeks ago the vignerons were complaining that it was too warm; there hadn't been a proper Winter.

Well, the old expression " Be careful what you wish for" has come true once again

However the cold weather is not necessarily bad news for champagne as you'll discover in this short video

The Smiling Champagne

altFor me it’s the people behind the champagne as much as the champagne itself that really make the difference between one champagne and another.

Take Hugues Godmé for example.

When you meet Hughes Godmé he'll probably strike you as a modest sort of man, not given to large gestures or loud statements and certainly not someone who will boast about how wonderful his champagnes are, but there again he doesn't need to resort to gimmicks.

Why not?

Champagne Tasting - April is THE Month

If you're a champagne lover thinking of coming to taste champagne and were wondering when to come then the answer is easy - come in April

What's The Weather Like In Champagne?

altNot cold enough by half is the answer.

While you may be sitting at home wondering when the dull, cold winter days will be over ( unless you're reading this in Australia perhaps) the vignerons here in Champagne are hoping for just the opposite.

"It's not cold enough" they cry. "Du Froid! Bring on the snow and the frost"

But what are they worried about and why do they want the opposite of what most of you might suspect? You'll find the answer below

Today it's about 9 Celsius and it's a pleasant enough mild day with an overcast sky. Here's a picture of what the weather's been like here for the past few weeks.