Fiz bar to host English vs. French blind wine tasting in London

Fiz bar to host English vs. French blind wine tasting in London

Something is bubbling away at London’s first sparkling wine bar.

Currently taking residence in Lights of Soho on Brewer Street, Fiz will be opening its first permanent site in 2018.

On August 1st, the pop-up will be inviting London’s wine lovers to a one-night-only event that will see English sparklings go tête-à- tête with French champagnes, to test the theory that champagnes are the most superior sparklings in the world, or whether they can be usurped by their cross-channel English cousins for both flavour and value.

The winning wine will be awarded a place on the menu at Fiz’s permanent London location next year.

Guests will be presented with four English sparkling wines, four French champagnes and a scorecard.

The wines will be carefully concealed, stripping the drinks of all preconceptions that their brand names or bottle shapes might create, letting the bubbles speak for themselves.

Throughout the evening attendees will sample and score all eight wines, before the grand reveal at the end to crown the winner.

Flying the flag for England will be wines from estates, such as Hush Heath, Ridgeview, Nyetimber and Camel Valley.

In the French corner will be champagnes including Moët & Chandon, Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot and Laurent-Perrier.

Local meats and cheeses from Peckham-based Butchers block and Cheeses of Muswell Hill will be served alongside the wines.

Fiz is a summer long pop-up in the heart of Soho, inspired by the vibrant and sociable food and drink scene found in the backstreet cava bars of Barcelona.

Fiz founders Barney Lewis and Jordan Nadian are on a mission to redefine bubbly as affordable and accessible - a far cry from the pretence and eye-watering expense of the typical champagne bar.