champagneSpeculation on a change of champagne sponsor after yesterday's French Grand Prix were premature according to Olivia Arnold, Marketing Assistant for Mumm champagne. The 'odd looking bottles of champagne' I spotted being handed to Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton were a result of French Law.

"French Law does not authorise us to do any advertising on TV", says Olivia, "therefore we had to get rid of the label. We are still sponsoring the F1 Grand Prix even in France."

Mystery solved - the unbranded bottles handed out on the podium were "definitely G.H. Mumm champagne."

 

choc cakeLet’s drink to polyphenols, and eat to them too. You can read about the benefits of polyphenols found in red wine in my column on livingit.com. But some foods contain these chemicals too. If you want to have a go at making a polyphenol-rich chocolate, walnut, cinnamon and fruit-laced sponge cake, then try this Gary Rhodes recipe I’ve adapted.

Dan GurneyLast weeks Le Mans heralded a motorsport tradition turning forty. Standing on the victory podium in 1967, Dan Gurney decided to spray his winner's bottle of champagne rather than drink it. This was something nobody had done before and it quickly became popular with other winners. But before spraying can begin the bottle must be opened. Archive pictures show driving for twenty-four hours did nothing for Dan's champagne opening abilities.

Rosés drunk straight from the fridge provide a refreshing drink, but you may not be tasting them at their best. Two rosés that taste best at room temperature came to light while investigating Think Pink for livingit.com - Les Jamelles Grenache Shiraz and Quinta de Covela.