Leading Champagne house Ruinart's chef de cave Frédéric Panaïotis, speaking to the drinks business at a Ruinart Champagne “Interpretation Lunch” in London yesterday, predicted a big future for English sparkling wine, saying that it will soon be a stepping-stone into Champagne for many consumers.
“It often takes around 40 years for winemakers to fully understand their terroir,” he said. “Good English sparkling wine has been in production for around 20 years now and there is quite a lot of buzz about its progress in the wine industry.
“Given another 20 years it will be right up there with the best sparkling wines and, although Champagne will still be superior, it will give people another drink to act as a gateway into Champagne.”
Why does he think that "Champagne will always be superior"? Typical French nonsense!!