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Founding The Sparkling Wine Co – Don’t all good ideas start in a bar?
We’ve been asked a few times recently about our story…why did we start the company? Where did you start it?…
Andy along with the co-founder were associates and met in a busy bar whilst queuing for drinks. Both were ordering drinks for friends. One was ordering a glass of wine, a beer and a cocktail – at first this task to buy drinks for friends was thought to be a simple one! Following a 10 minute queue, a hustle to attract the bartender and 5-6 minutes to serve the drinks…That was after finding the appropriate wine, and of course awaiting the creation of the cocktail followed by the quick pouring pint of beer. Not only that, half of the cocktail was wasted! Who know’s if someone bought another glass of wine from the bottle.
We felt like hero’s at work to get served at the bar – all we wanted was a great tasting drink, faster!
A few days later the desire for great tasting drinks along with fast service remained absolutely crystal clear – this created The Sparkling Wine Company which is now evolving into the “ON TAP” drinks brand as we expand.
…don’t all great ideas start at the bar!?
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What does it mean!? It’s merely a widget at the base of the wine glass to allow the bubbles to move around and preserve the fizz. The discrete cluster of etchings at the base of the wine bowl result in the wine being encouraged to move upwards enhancing the presentation of fizz.
This is commonly found in a lager pint glass and less frequently in wine glasses. However, with over £1 billion worth of sparkling wine sold in the UK every year it’s important to use appropriate glassware.
No matter the sparkling wine you decanter into a glass if that glass is worn, or has few imperfections the fizz may appear limited or even flat. Decanter the same sparkling wine into a glass with an effervescent point and you’ll see the bubbles flow!
Check out our Instagram for a video on the difference @thesparklingwineco
What is the sparkling in wine?
There is natural gas trapped within the wine through it’s fermentation process – the gas will come out of the liquid by using rough surfaces or particles to concentrate on. That’s why using effervescent points at the base of the bowl enhances this process of bubble creation.
You can buy glassware from many glassware retailers – we have a few partners we could recommend so get in touch. Enjoy your sparkling wine!
Vegan Wines on Tap – Our guest blogger this month is our Operations Specialist Kerry all about Vegan wines…
Whilst it would be easy to assume all wine is vegan given wine = fermented grapes, the filtration and fining process necessary to achieve clarification of wine traditionally requires the use of eggs, intestines and even fish bladders! Not a pleasant thought, right?
Thankfully no such ingredients are used in any process whilst producing our fantastic wines on tap.
What else about our vegan friendly wines on tap;
•The wine maintains a higher level of the antioxidant reservatrol an anti-ageing agent! Due to the reduction of chemicals and preservatives.
•Lower levels of sulphites mean a reduction of sulphite-linked reactions commonly assumed to be associated with headaches and rashes. Reduction of chemicals used in the process not only contribute to a healthier you, but also a healthier eco-system.
•Finally, we think it’s safe to say the lack of harmful preservatives certainly gives the wine a fresher taste.
We’ll drink to that ~ Cheers!
On a serious note, no bathing in wine to look younger – Drink responsibly
8 years ago when we started the business it took us time to learn about dispense systems – what pressure, what is the keg coupler, how do I connect it all together, what’s best Co2, air or mixed gas, line length, line thickness? Arrghh! We know full well the uncertainty that can be around setting up a new dispense system for ON TAP drinks.
We’ll start with the flow of how wine is dispensed in a traditional set up…
Want to know more? Here’s our customer on-boarding document in PDF to give you some more details and a diagram of the flow
Ever wondered about wine classifications – those 3 or 4 characters on a label?
Here’s a quick guide…
VDT “Table wine” Typically a mixture of grapes from the local region
IGT “Simple & Young wines” Mostly young wines from grapes grown locally
DOC “Controlled” This is where you’ll start paying a little more – but still affordable. A DOC wine will follow regional wine making rules.
DOCG “Guaranteed – follows strict guidelines” Vineyards can only grow so much of it, wines have longer aging periods, and must pass a taste testing by the goverrnment licensed personal.
I’m Andy, the business founder and welcome to our blog to share knowledge about connections to our business. I welcome your comments and any suggested content…
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