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Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on September 23, 2016 0 Comments
Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

When I signed up months ago for the Surrey Bacchus Half Marathon I was pretty confident that by the time it arrived I’d already have one half marathon under my belt and my running would be on top form. It didn’t quite turn out that way. Injury meant I missed my planned debut in London […]

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Where to for English Wine Week?

Filed in News, Restaurants, Vineyards by on May 27, 2016 0 Comments
Where to for English Wine Week?

Vineyards have been taking root all over the country in recent years, with the vineyard area doubling since 2008 and continuing to grow rapidly. That means that wherever you are in the country, you’ll not be too far away from one. If you’ve not yet visited your local wine producer, English Wine Week (Sat 28th […]

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The Marquis at Alkham and other UK Vineyards with Accommodation

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards by on April 24, 2016 0 Comments
The Marquis at Alkham and other UK Vineyards with Accommodation

Having carefully collated which UK vineyards offer accommodation, I have long wanted to visit each and everyone one of them. Like most people, though, I have a day job and other calls on my time and money, so I always have half an eye on our map of vineyards to see if I can fit any into everyday life. When […]

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Confessions of an English Placomusophile

Filed in Musings by on March 2, 2016 0 Comments
Confessions of an English Placomusophile

Like Charlie Bucket unwrapping a bar of Wonka chocolate, when I open a bottle of sparkling wine I’m always looking out for something extra. But unlike the hero of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s not a glimpse of golden ticket I’m after but a decorated cap beneath the gold foil. The caps are an […]

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Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

Filed in Wines Tasted by on February 7, 2016 0 Comments
Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

We do love a sticky here at English Wine Lovers. Both Elisabeth and I snap up English dessert wines wherever and whenever we can, and because they are generally made in tiny quantities, they usually sell out fast. Elisabeth wrote about these rare delights in November 2014 and since then I’ve been building a large […]

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English Wine in 2016 – my predictions

Filed in News, Restaurants, Vineyards by on January 10, 2016 0 Comments
English Wine in 2016 – my predictions

Well, gosh hasn’t there been a lot in the press about English wine lately? Seems everyone has heard of Taittinger’s acquisition of land in Kent and, as Richard Goring of Wiston Estate said to me the day after the news came out, it’s going to make a lot of people who hadn’t previously taken English […]

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Picking Bucks Fizz at Chafor Wine Estate

Filed in Harvest by on November 24, 2015 0 Comments
Picking Bucks Fizz at Chafor Wine Estate

The highlight of our year here at English Wine Lovers is harvest time. It’s a chance for Elisabeth & I to get out into the field, sharpen our snips and get our hands dirty helping, in a small way, to produce the wines we enjoy drinking and writing about. It’s also a chance to get to […]

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English Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

Filed in Wine Offers, Wines Tasted by on November 15, 2015 0 Comments
English Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

I’m really excited to be choosing the wines for the November Wine Cellar Door case, and the fact that it’s a sparkling wine selection makes it even more special. With so many top quality wines to choose from though, from so many excellent producers, it’s a difficult task to narrow it down to just six. My […]

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A Day in the Winery at Plumpton College

Filed in Harvest by on October 24, 2015 0 Comments
A Day in the Winery at Plumpton College

Here at English Wine Lovers, we love nothing more than getting out in a vineyard. So many times we’re taken aback by the beautiful countryside we would never have found otherwise and any time of year there is something worth seeing. Right now, of course, it’s all about the harvest. With more than 50 UK vineyards […]

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One for the Road at Chilford Hall

Filed in Wines Tasted by on October 4, 2015 0 Comments
One for the Road at Chilford Hall

Chilford Hall must be one of the best signposted vineyards in England. Large brown signs with giant bunches of grapes entice visitors from the A11 in Cambridgeshire and guide them from the dual carriageway all the way to the winery door. Given the roadside associations of the vineyard’s founder though, maybe that’s appropriate. The vineyard was planted […]

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