Send us your pictures, video, news and views by texting DST to 80360 or email us
Northallerton woman joins the champagne elite
A WINE expert has joined an elite band of champagne experts after successfully completing a week-long course in the French region that is home to the famous fizz.
Originally founded in 1957, the Champagne Academy represents the most famous producers of champagne – the 16 Grand Marque Champagne houses.
It uses its collective knowledge to educate younger members of the wine trade and to promote Grand Marque Champagne through a series of initiatives throughout the year – including lectures, tutored tastings and associated events.
Its most coveted enterprise is the annual, invitation-only training course for just 16 enthusiasts in the hospitality and drinks trade, held in the Champagne region.
This year Angela Metcalfe, wine department manager at Lewis and Cooper in Northallerton, was one of the lucky candidates and passed the stringent assessments with flying colours.
She now joins the specialist ranks of just 600 members of the academy around the world and will be sharing her knowledge at a tutored tasting on Thursday, October 10.
“I felt honoured and very privileged to have been selected,” said Mrs Metcalfe, of Great Smeaton.
“I know that drinking champagne and dining with some of the world’s finest producers may not sound very gruelling, but we really had to study very hard in between to pass muster.
* Tickets for Thursday’s tutored champagne tasting, priced £20 or £30 for two, are on sale now by calling (01609) 772880. Places are limited and booking is essential.
Comments are closed on this article.