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*BOOK NOW - O&D Champagne Grower Tasting Experience: London

Want to know more about Grower Champagne?

Grower Champagnes are sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France that are produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes come.

By contrast to the big brand names, these independent growers handcraft their limited quantities of Champagne from individual villages and parcels, where the inherent qualities of the vineyards imprint themselves into the wines.

These winemakers are brave souls in an industrialised age: growing, crafting, vinifying and bottling their own Champagne, offering it to the world as their life’s work.

So why not get together with some friends and appreciate the diversity of Champagne with our Champagne Grower Tasting Experience. Educational and fun, this is a great opportunity to learn more about Champagne as we guide you through a tasting of six award winning small producer Champagnes.

More details at: Champagne Grower Tasting Experience


*COMING SOON - O&D Customer Tasting: Puskin House, Bloomsbury, London

Original & Distinctive’s Trade & Private Client Tasting of its European Small Producer Wine Portfolio.

Sample a select range of exclusive, award-winning Fine & Artisan Wines from smaller producers in France, Italy & Spain; where the individually distinctive flavours of terroir driven wine are expressive of a vineyard and, the grower's own connection to the vineyard.

Showcased will be Fine Wines and Artisan Drinks from smaller producers from Bordeaux, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Sardinia, Sicily, Rioja for a truly Artisan Drinks Experience.

Also on show will be a small range of our British Craft Gin from small producers, and our amazing Coupe Stack.

TRADE (By invitation): Sommeliers, Beverage Managers & Wine Aficionados.

PRIVATE CLIENTS (By Ticket): Discerning Customers who have an appetite for all things artisanal.

Aimed primarily at buyers who typically prefer ‘hand crafted’ drink products that are creative and stylish and, not readily available in the supermarkets chains, our carefully chosen portfolio includes a selection of quality products that are not commercially distributed in large quantities.

An example of our carefully chosen portfolio is the MARTÍNEZ CORTA Tentación Tempranillo & Garnacha duo, as shown here.

More details at: O&D European Small Producer Wine Tasting Invitation

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24th April 2017 - Glass of Bubbly Spring 2017 Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting: Le Méridien, Piccadilly, London

Original & Distinctive's Artisan Champagnes from Small Producers were exhibited at Glass of Bubbly's Spring 2017 Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting (including their first International Champagne & Sparkling Wine Summit) on 24th April 2017.

Showcased were 8 artisan Champagnes from quality, niche premium suppliers to O&D's Small Producers Portfolio and include . . .

GUY CHARBAUT Cuvée de Réserve NV (Premier Cru)

GUY CHARBAUT Rosé NV (Premier Cru)

2006 GUY CHARBAUT Millésime (Premier Cru)

JACQUINOT ET FILS Private Cuvée NV

2007 JACQUINOT ET FILS Symphonie

2004 JACQUINOT ET FILS Harmonie

2009 DENIS ROBERT Millésime

L&S CHEURLIN Lucie Cheurlin NV


5th November 2016 - Love Wine: Burlington Hotel, City Centre, Birmingham

Original & Distinctive showcased a number of its Artisan Champagnes and Artisan Wines at Love Wine on 5th November 2016.

Showcased were 6 European Wines from quality, niche premium suppliers to  O&D's Small Producers Portfolio and included . . .

FRANCE - Champagne

L&S CHEURLIN Lucie Cheurlin NV

JACQUINOT ET FILS Private Cuvée

2009 DENIS ROBERT Millésime

ITALY - Sardina

2015 TENUTE OLBIOS Lupus In Fabula Superiore (DOCG)

SPAIN - Rioja

2011 DAVID MORENO Vobiscum (Rioja Alta - DOCa)

UNITED KINGDOM - East Sussex

2009 BLUEBELL Hindleap Blanc de Blancs . . .

. . . and our amazing Coupe Stack!


28th to 29th October 2016 - The Epicurean London’s Artisanal Food and Drink Event: The Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London

Original & Distinctive showcased, on stand 133, a number of its Artisan Champagnes and Artisan Wines at The Epicurean London’s Artisanal Food and Drink Event on 28th October to 29th October.

Showcased were 12 European Wines from quality, niche premium suppliers to  O&D's Small Producers Portfolio and included . . .

FRANCE - Champagne

L&S CHEURLIN Lucie Cheurlin NV

JACQUINOT ET FILS Private Cuvée NV

2009 DENIS ROBERT Millésime

ITALY - Friuli-Venezia Giulia

2014 SARA & SARA Verduzzo Friulano (DOC)

ITALY - Sardina

2015 TENUTE OLBIOS Lupus In Fabula Superiore (DOCG)

ITALY - Sicily

2013 TERRE SIKANE Frasciano - Barrel Aged (Riesi - DOC)

SPAIN - Rioja

2013 BOHEDAL Hebabe Garnacha (Rioja Alta - DOCa)

2008 CASTILLO DE MENDOZA Castillo de Mendoza Reserva (Rioja Alta - DOCa)

2011 DAVID MORENO Vobiscum (Rioja Alta - DOCa)

2012 MARTÍNEZ CORTA Soros Reserva (Rioja Alta - DOCa)

2010 ORTEGA EZQUERRO Don Quintín Ortega (Rioja Baja - DOCa)

2010 ZUAZO GASTON Reserva Familia (Rioja Alavesa - DOCa)


21st to 23rd October 2016 - Welcome Italia: Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster, London

Original & Distinctive showcased a number of Friuli-Venezia Giulia wines, from its supplier Sara & Sara (Savorgnano del Torre, Udine) at the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK's Welcome Italia event on 21st October to 23rd October 2016.

Showcased were the following quality, niche premium wines from O&D's Small Producers Portfolio:

2014 SARA & SARA Merlot (DOC)

2014 SARA & SARA Refosco (DOC)

2015 SARA & SARA Friulano (DOC)

2015 SARA & SARA Sauvignon (DOC)

2014 SARA & SARA Verduzzo Friulano (DOC)


11th October 2016 - Rioja 10×10 Tasting: Banking Hall, City of London, London

Original & Distinctive's Rioja Wines from Small Producers were exhibited at the Rioja 10x10 Tasting in a blind tasting event by an expert panel, to select the best and most exciting wines from Rioja on 11th October 2016.

Showcased were several quality, niche premium Rioja wines from O&D's Small Producers Portfolio including . . .

2015 BOHEDAL Blanco Joven (Rioja Alta - DOCa)

2015 ORTEGA EZQUERRO Don Quintín Ortega (Rioja Baja - DOCa)

2010 ORTEGA EZQUERRO Don Quintín Ortega (Rioja Baja - DOCa)


4th October 2016 - Glass of Bubbly Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting: HQS Wellington, River Thames, London

Original & Distinctive's Artisan Champagnes from Small Producers were exhibited at Glass of Bubbly's second Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting Event on 4th October 2016.

Showcased were 8 Champagnes from quality, niche premium suppliers to O&D's Small Producers Portfolio and included . . .

GUY CHARBAUT Cuvée de Réserve NV Premier Cru)

GUY CHARBAUT Rosé NV (Premier Cru)

2006 GUY CHARBAUT Millésime (Premier Cru)

GUY CHARLEMAGNE Réserve (Grand Cru)

2010 GUY CHARLEMAGNE Cuvée (Grand Cru)

2009 DENIS ROBERT Millésime

JACQUINOT ET FILS Private Cuvée

L&S CHEURLIN Lucie Cheurlin NV


4th October 2016 - Tampereen Viinitukku Oy Trade Tasting with Alko Inc.: Helsinki, Finland

Original & Distinctive’s Finnish importer, Tampereen Viinitukku, held a bespoke tasting on 4th October 2016 with Alko - Finland's statutory alcohol monopoly, which covers the whole of Finland with its 350 shops and 107 order points.

Showcased were many award-winning artisan beverage products, including Champagne, Wine, Craft Beer, Cider and Gin, from O&D's Small Producer Beverage Portfolio.


April 2016 - Glass of Bubbly Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting: University Women's Club, Mayfair, London

Original & Distinctive's Artisan Champagnes from Small Producers were exhibited at Glass of Bubbly's first Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting Event on 19 April 2016.

Showcased were 6 Champagnes from quality, niche premium suppliers to O&D's Small Producers Portfolio and included . . .

GUY CHARBAUT Cuvée de Réserve NV  (Premier Cru)

GUY CHARBAUT Rosé NV (Premier Cru)

2005 GUY CHARBAUT Millésime (Premier Cru)

2011 JACQUINOT ET FILS Symphonie Rosé

2007 JACQUINOT ET FILS Symphonie

L&S CHEURLIN Lucie Cheurlin NV


February 2016 - O&D Trade & Consumer Tasting: Puskin House, Bloomsbury, London

Original & Distinctive’s "Artisan Wines & Spirits from European Small Producers Customer Tasting" took place on 29th February 2016 and was sponsored by Glass of Bubbly.

WHO . . .
SOMMELIERS, BEVERAGE MANAGERS and WINE AFICIONADOS were invited to Original & Distinctive’s Artisan Wines & Spirits from European Small Producers Trade Tasting.

WHAT . . .
Showcased were over 40 European Wines and spirits from quality, niche premium suppliers to O&D's Small Producers Portfolio and included . . .

Wine from: 

-   Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy (DOCG, DOC)
-   Rioja, Spain (DOCa)
-   Sancerre, France (AOC)
-   Sicily, Italy (DOC, IGP & IGT)

Gin from:

Kent, England (Column Distilled)
Mid Glamorgan, Wales (Pot Distilled)

Sparkling Drink Products:

- Grower Champagne (méthode champenoise)
- English Sparkling Craft Beer (méthode traditionnelle)
- English Sparkling Traditional Cider (méthode traditionnelle)
- English Sparkling Wine (méthode traditionnelle)
- Coupe Stack (Champagne Tower)

WHEN . . .
Trade & Consumers 'droped-in’ between 2:30pm and 8.00pm on MONDAY 29th February 2016 and tasted the individually distinctive flavours of artisan drink products that are creative and stylish and, not readily available in the supermarkets chains.

WHERE . . .
‘The Library’ at Pushkin House
5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

WHY . . .
Because like all hand-crafted beverages, they are expressive of where they were produced and who made them. In selecting these wines and spirits you will delight your customers and . . . . . help protect the originality, diversity, quality, and sheer excitement of small producer beverages!


December 2015 - Cheese & Wine Festival: Islington Business Design Centre, London

The 'Dream Team", Ken & Svetlana, 'pop' another bottle of Grower Champagne for the customers at this year's Cheese & Wine Festival.


November 2015 - Windsor Christmas Gift Fair: Royal Windsor Racecourse, Windsor

Svetlana gives a big smile as we exhibit several award winning, ‘hand crafted’, niche premium sparkling artisan drinks products from small producers, at the Windsor Christmas Gift Fair!


November 2015 - Love Wine: Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham

O&D participate in Love Wine 2015 with Richard Bampfield MW


September 2015 - O&D Trade Launch of its European Small Producer Wine Portfolio: Puskin House, Bloomsbury, London

WHO . . .

SOMMELIERS, BEVERAGE MANAGERS and WINE AFICIONADOS were invited to the launch of Original & Distinctive’s European Small Producer Wine Portfolio, to taste a select range of exclusive, award-winning artisan wines from smaller producers.

WHAT . . .

Showcased for the first time were wines from the first suppliers to be selected for O&D's European Small Producer Wine Portfolio and, included some outstanding wines from:

  • Rioja (DOCa)
    • Cialu
    • David Moreno
    • Finca de Los Arandinos
  • Sancerre (AOC)
    • Gitton Pere & Fils
  • Sicily (DOC, IGP & IGT)
    • Ferreri & Bianco
    • Tenuta Monte Gorna
    • Terre Sikane
    • Torre Favara
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia (DOCG, DOC)
    • Sara & Sara

Also on show were a small range of OUTSTANDING Sparkling drink products - all ‘hand crafted’ using the traditional method of making Champagne:

  • Grower Champagne (méthode champenoise)
    • L&S Cheurlin / Jacquinot et Fils / Denis Robert
  • English Sparkling Wine (méthode traditionnelle)
    • Bluebell
  • English Sparkling Craft Beer (méthode traditionnelle)
    • Savour Sparkling Beer
  • English Sparkling Traditional Cider (méthode traditionnelle)
    • Kingscote Sparkling Cyder

WHEN . . .

Anytime between 2:30pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday 1st September 2015 to taste the individually distinctive flavours of terroir driven wine that is expressive of a vineyard and, the grower's own connection to the vineyard.

WHERE . . .

‘The Library’ at Pushkin House 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA

WHY . . .

Because like all hand-crafted, estate-bottled wines, they are expressive of where they were grown and who made them. In selecting these wines you will delight your customersand . . . . . help protect the originality, diversity, quality, and sheer excitement of small producer wines!


August 2015 - Imbibe chooses an Original & Distinctive product for your cellar

The latest edition of Imbibe chooses BLUEBELL Hindleap Brut Rosé 2010 as a "great wine you should be trying" and, makes it the leading recommendation in the for your cellar article.


July 2015 - Grower Tasting Experience: Tavistock House, London

We held a Champagne Grower Tasting Experience at Tavistock House - the former London home of Charles Dickens and, where Dickens wrote Bleak House, Hard Times, Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities. Here we presented to a Corporate Private Clinet, a guided tasting of six award winning small producer Champagnes, which were selected from the main wine producing districts of Champagne.


July 2015 - Foodies Festival: Alexandra Palace, London

We exhibited award winning, ‘hand crafted’, niche premium sparkling artisan drinks products from small producers, at the UK's biggest celebration of food & drink - The Foodies Festival!


May 2015 - The London Wine Fair: Olympia, London

We exhibited fifteen Grower Champagnes on stand W62 at this year’s London Wine Fair, from 3 small Champagne Houses: Jacquinot & Fils, Dérouillat and Moutaux. These “new generation” owners produce top quality award winning premium Champagnes with passion and vision and, are not available in the supermarkets chains


May 2015 - Jilly Goolden's Wine Room: The Lodge, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

In collaboration with *Jilly Golden, we showcased several of our award winning Grower Champagnes that are creative and stylish. These winemakers are brave souls in an industrialised age: growing, crafting, vinifying and bottling their own Champagne - they deserve your support.

*Jilly Goolden's Wine Room experience includes a relaxed 5 hour tasting of a dozen very distinctive wines with Jilly demystifying the what’s, why’s and how’s of wines of the world.


April 2015 - Flavour Pop Up: The Hop House, Cliffton Village, Bristol

In collaboration with *Flavour Pop Up, we showcased some of our premium, artisan drink products, from small producers to the On- and Off-trade in Bristol.

*Flavour Pop Up is a programme of regional events, offering quality On- and Off-Trade independents and specialist drinks wholesalers, a must-attend tasting experience involving: an open tasting of wines, spirits & beers from interesting, specialist suppliers for the independent trade.


February 2015 - O&D Trade Tasting: Puskin House, Bloomsbury, London

A big thank you to our sponsors Glass of Bubbly and well known aficionados: Michael Edwards; Jilly Goolden; Fiona Beckett; Henriette Green; Richard Bampfield MW; & Rupert Wollheim MW; and, many others from the trade, for attending our "Small Producer 'Sparkling' Trade Tasting".