Thursday, 3 July 2014

Great day at Imbibe Live

Great day at Imbibe Live - the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Smarter Grower Champagne is now part of Original & Distinctive Limited

Follow the link to find out why Smarter Grower Champagne is joining forces with a number of other quality original & distinctive beverages™ from the UK, including: Premium Sparkling Wine, Original Still Wine, Craft Beer and Traditional Cider & Perry:

Monday, 26 May 2014

Gerard Basset OBE - World Champion Sommelier 2010

Ken Davey, Founder & Managing Director of Smarter Grower Champagne, gets some advice from Gerard Basset OBE - Co-founder of Hotel Du Vin and World Champion Sommelier 2010; arguably one of the greatest wine professionals of his generation.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Reign of Terroir: carving out a niche in the champagne market

"While over the past few years premium champagne sales have been squeezed in the on-trade, there has been a rise in both awareness and demand for grower champagnes," says Ken Davey, founder and managing director of Smarter Grower Champagne, who import the vineyard-created drinks into the UK.

You can read the full article at the link below:

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Congratulations . . .

. . . to Smarter Grower Champagne’s Commercial Director, Svetlana Lindholm, who passed her WSET Level 2 exams today!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Being Easter Monday, it wasn’t all work . . .

IMBIBE blogger, Morgan Vanderkamer, tends to spend her time travelling when she isn’t reading wine books.

This Easter was no exception, when Morgan paid a visit to “Smarter Grower Champagne”, to taste several of their Grower Champagnes at their London premises.

Choosing what to taste, from Smarter’s 50 different Grower Champagnes, wasn’t easy, so a representative sample from each house was put together by Ken Davey, Founder & Managing Director of Smarter Grower Champagne.

All Smarter’s Champagne Houses produce less than 150,000 bottles a year and are owned, or significantly influenced, by “new generation” owners (i.e. sons and daughters of the family owners who are in their 30s to 40s). All are “récoltants-manipulants” (or equivalent) and produce top quality award winning premium wines with passion and vision from four of the five wine producing districts of Champagne.

Being Easter Monday, it wasn’t all work and Morgan took the time to share a glass of Champagne after the tasting and chat to Ken and his business partner, Svetlana Lindholm, before she moved on to her next meeting.

You can read Morgan's article at: 

Going, going Grower!

Morgan Vanderkamer is certified with the Court of Master Sommeliers and previously held positions as Head Sommelier with Richard Corrigan Restaurants and D&D London, and Sommelier at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon London.