The Ruinart Lighthouse: Learn To Be A Champagne Expert

Have a masterclass with the oldest champagne house in the world

Who better to teach you about champagne than the world's oldest champagne house?

Established in 1729 Ruinart is immediately recognizable from the unusual bottle, harking back to its eighteenth century roots, and the star in the house's crown is the Blancs de Blancs, which is made using purely Chardonnay grapes. This February, Cellar Master Frederic Panaiotis is hosting a three-day pop-up entitled The Lighthouse for guests to learn all about these grapes, not to mention the exquisite champagnes they produce and the heritage of the company.

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Expect tasting sessions, menu pairings, and sensory installations, including artwork specially commissioned by Ruinart over the past few years, celebrating its rich history. There are pieces from Piet Hein Eek, Georgia Russell and Hubert le Gall, plus Gideon Rubin's contemporary portrait of Dom Thierry Ruinart himself.

Held in the beautiful surroundings of The Violin Factory in London's Waterloo, also on offer will be the Ruinart Rosé (mostly Chardonnay-based, but with 15% Pinot grapes providing its hue) and two prestige cuvees to try: Dom Ruinart Vintage 2004 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2002.

Tickets cost £35 per person and are available now.

The Lighthouse, The Violin Factory, Cornwall Road, London, SE1 8TJ; ruinart.com

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