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On my blog page you will find articles where I share my passion, discoveries and thoughts about the wonderful world of wine, in particularly my special passion Prosecco and sparkling wine.    It would be great to hear your comments


Julia Philips, Owner of Just Perfect Wines

By Julia Phillips, Mar 25 2018 06:48PM

A close up of the nucleation point (the ring) in a Riedel Prosecco glass
A close up of the nucleation point (the ring) in a Riedel Prosecco glass

In order to serve a particular brand of ‘fizz on tap’ at his hotel, a chap I was chatting to at an event this week told me he would need to have special glasses with nucleation points. Now I’m aware of nucleation points thanks to my work with top glassware brand, Riedel. Nucleation points in case you are not aware, are tiny rough laser-etched dots or rings at the base of a sparkling wine flute or glass. The purpose of this ‘scratch’, is to give the bubbles dissolved within your Prosecco (or other fizz) a point of release, helping them to form in your glass. If you’re not convinced, try dropping a raisin in your fizz – it gives a similar effect!

Interestingly, if your glass is perfectly smooth and clean ie, free of dust, debris etc which also act as small nucleation points, then you would have no bubbles in your fizz what so ever. This point was actually proved in an experiment by Möet & Chandon in laboratory conditions, when “after pouring, the Champagne looked simply like a still wine”*.

A nucleation point in a Spiegelau Prosecco glass
A nucleation point in a Spiegelau Prosecco glass

I had thought that part of being a ‘Champagne flute’, all flutes were flute shaped and had nucleation points. Most of my glassware since starting Just Perfect Wines is made by Riedel, some by Italesse. All their Prosecco glasses have nucleation points and so assumed it was the norm. It seems not, so this hotelier informed me! And yes, he’s right. My old standard flutes don’t have any nucleation points. It would appear that only higher quality glassware made for sparkling wine has these etched scratches to give optimum bubble performance.

Ironically, a lady at one of my Prosecco tastings this week told me after I relayed the above story that she’d bought some flutes from Riedel recently and thought the nucleation point was a manufacturer’s imperfection! Oh no, definitely not. They are perfect ‘imperfections’, intended by the manufacturer.

Bubbles and Ca'Salina
Bubbles and Ca'Salina

Julia Phillips


* “Uncorked - The Science of Champagne” by Gérard Liger-Belair, 2013.

By Julia Phillips, Nov 8 2017 01:03PM

Simply put….I would say it’s a cross between a Prosecco and Champagne style, which tastes amazing and in theory no hangovers or headaches. Just perfect don’t you think?!

Giorgia Brut Sparkling Wine
Giorgia Brut Sparkling Wine

So it’s 100% Glera (the grape used to make Prosecco), made by a Prosecco winery, Ca’Salina who are in the heart of one of best Prosecco regions in Italy, Valdobbiadene - however, it can’t be called Prosecco. That is because it is made in a different way to the method used for making the strictly controlled product, Prosecco DOC /DOCG, hence the name “Giorgia”.

I met with Gregorio Bortolin this summer, the owner of the Ca’Salina winery who explained that Giorgia (named after his granddaughter) is a result of his experiment using the modern floatation tank method (instead of the usual (for Prosecco) Charmat method) to produce a ‘no added sulphites’ sparkling wine. All wines have a natural level of sulphites, but most also have sulphites added up to the legal limit of 210mg/l for white wine. Sulphur is a preservative and used to stop anything that comes into the winery and doesn’t belong to the grapes eg, bacteria, fungus, bad natural yeast from making the wine go bad (or oxidise). By using the flotation tank method, this process separates anything bad leaving a pure grape juice. With no impurities and a clean juice there is no need to add sulphites. Simple.

Giorgia no added sulphites label
Giorgia no added sulphites label

As the wine is stripped of the natural yeast (which may not be a good yeast), Ca’Salina add top quality yeast to start off the first fermentation. Using pure juice and high quality yeast gives you a just perfect sparkling wine, so Gregorio explained…. And yes, he is right. Giorgia is truly beautiful. The result is a clean, fresh, dry tasting wine; a with a little more complexity than most Proseccos but not as heavy or over-dry as some Champagnes, Cavas or English Sparkling Wines. It has fruity aromas and a taste you get from Prosecco as well as aromas of honey, butter and brioche you tend to get from wines made in the Champagne method.

And of course, in theory with no added sulphites comes no headaches or hangovers…and it’s low sugar, so low calorie too (...and did I mention it has a pretty label?) - Giorgia really is just perfect. A very exciting and interesting wine all Prosecco and sparkling wine lovers must try. Please let me know what you think if you do!

Gregorio Bortolin and Julia Phillips at Ca'Salina, June 2017
Gregorio Bortolin and Julia Phillips at Ca'Salina, June 2017

Grazie mille to Gregorio for his wonderful experiment.

Julia Phillips

Owner of Just Perfect Wines


By Julia Phillips, Sep 23 2016 11:59AM

It’s that time of year again when you might be wondering what Christmas gift to buy for your customers. Well wine is always a good option, albeit a little predictable and you’ve perhaps done that for the last few years. Why not then consider a gift box containing the luxurious Prosecco Superiore, with the option of an additional gift which customers can keep after the Prosecco has been enjoyed.

The majority of consumers love Prosecco, the market figures speak for themselves, with Prosecco being the most popular sparkling wine in the UK. It is preferred generally to Champagne, as Prosecco tends to be a little sweeter and lighter to drink. The Just Perfect Wines Christmas corporate election features Prosecco Superiore from the artisan wineries Furlan and Ca’Salina, both from one of the best areas for Prosecco making, Congegliano Valdobbiadene.

The wooden gift boxes, with sliding lids, can be branded with your logo or Christmas message in a design of your choice, as long as it fits the space. You can also choose a wooden gift tag which can be branded instead of the lid. You have the option of including a branded gift card – which can be anything of your choice – or to make it simple, you can use the suggested template.

To offer something a little bit different, why not consider adding a luxury candle made by The Ceramic Candle Company from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. So what makes a candle luxury? Well, the wax is made from 100% soy wax which is a natural product so no risk of toxins like what is suggested from paraffin candles. The candle also burns slower and is cleaning burning, so no bad soot marks. The natural Sandalwood oil fragrance is beautiful and relaxing and lasts throughout burning the candle for up to 35 hours . The holder is made from high quality fine bone china, which is also reusable, allows the light to penetrate giving a soft light. Just perfect for relaxing after a hard day at the office!

For some of your female clients, you might like to consider adding a ‘Prosecco’ ceramic hanging heart made by Dimbleby Ceramics of Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Using earthenware (the same clay that Emma Bridgewater uses), the hearts are all handmade and decorated with a ribbon and diamante

jewel. A little something different, which you customers can keep once the Prosecco has been enjoyed.

Once you have chosen your options, it’s all very easy.

Your gifts can be individual packaged and delivered to your customers, or if you prefer delivered to your office. Simple.

Further information can be found on the 'Corporate' page www.justperfectwines.co.uk/corporate or get in touch to discuss the various options and I will help you to decide what is best to meet your requirements.

Tel: 01782 479774

Email: julia@justperfectwines.co.uk

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