What do smoked salmon and the Henley Regatta have in common?

Enjoy Henley Regatta from your own home: all you need is champagne and Coln Valley's smoked salmon
Enjoy Henley Regatta from your own home: all you need is champagne and Coln Valley’s smoked salmon

 

 

Two words: Coln Valley.

 

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when the world-renowned Henley Regatta opens its doors over five days for an event that boasts 200 world-class races by some of the finest names in rowing.

 

From Olympians to new crews trying to carve a name in rowing, Henley Regatta is the place to be to mingle with thousands of visitors who attend to enjoy the fun, the beauty and the ambience that Henley Regatta has to offer.

 

However there’s more to Henley Regatta than rowing, namely food and drink, which is what takes us back to Coln Valley.

 

This is the 15th year that we’ve supplied the prestigious event with our smoked salmon products and we’re delighted to be associated with the event.

 

And for this year, visitors will be able to savour our award winning Smoked Scottish Salmon, our Kiln Roasted Salmon and our Classic Gravadlax at various venues throughout the site including the picturesque banks of Fawley Meadows and Temple Island.

 

And what could me more enjoyable than a plate of smoked salmon accompanied by a glass of champagne, in the sun (hopefully), watching world-class rowing amongst the splendour of one of Oxfordshire’s gems.

 

If you can’t make this year’s event then don’t worry; you can still enjoy the experience from the comfort of your own home. All you need is the BBC, a chilled bottle of champagne and, of course, the most important ingredient: smoked salmon.

 

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The glamorous couple

There have been countless successful pairings over the years. Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders and Laurel and Hardy to name a few. Even Bonnie and Clyde were good at what they did (despite the fact that what they did was high-level crime).

 

However in our eyes there isn’t a pairing as successful as that of smoked salmon and champagne. Yes, smoked salmon and champagne represents that classic combination of luxury, flavor and elegance.

 

Which is why everyone at Coln Valley was delighted to learn that it’s National Champagne Week from 1st – 7th October 2015. The organisers claim that ‘the sound of a champagne cork popping is one of life’s finest sounds’. And if that’s one of life’s finest sounds then enjoying a glass of champagne with the finest smoked salmon has to be one of life’s finest flavours.

 

Founded by Searcys, National Champagne Week 2015 aims to emphasise the diversity of champagne across some of the UK’s most iconic venues through a week-long celebration of accessible and approachable experiences – from tutored tastings and champagne masterclasses to parties and pop-ups.

 

Tickets to these events are available at www.nationalchampagneweek.co.uk and there will no doubt be a constant ‘pouring’ of updates available via the #champagneweek hashtag.

 

And if you can’t attend then why not create your own event to celebrate champagne week – at home. It goes without saying that champagne is essential and from our perspective, so is smoked salmon. Whilst we wouldn’t want to advise you on what champagne to buy, we can help with your choice when it comes to buying the finest smoked salmon – from Coln Valley’s range of classic smoked salmon to its speciality salmon products.

 

So, to end this piece we’d like to share the thoughts of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.”

 

Naturally we agree.

The glamorous couple: smoked salmon and champagne
The glamorous couple: smoked salmon and champagne