Archive for May, 2013

I said “Astley”, not “asti”…

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I said “Astley”, not “asti”…

After a superb visit to Astley Vineyards, I popped into the award winning Checkett’s farm shop in nearby Ombersley and walked through to Juckes Fine Wines. I looked around the well-stocked shelves of interesting, quality wines. Not seeing any English wines, I enquired whether they stocked Astley Wines. “We usually have asti, but we don’t have any […]

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Take a big appetite to Buzzards Valley

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Take a big appetite to Buzzards Valley

The first vineyard to be visited in this year’s English Wine Week was Buzzards Valley in Staffordshire. The honest reason this one was chosen is for its proximity to family. If one isn’t fortunate enough to be able to visit vineyards professionally or even not to need to work at all, then vineyard visits just have […]

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English Wine Week on the Archers

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English Wine Week on the Archers

Great to hear English Wine Week get a plug on the Archers this evening. Lower Loxley has its own vineyard and they are hosting a fancy dinner this evening, with vineyard tours and tastings later in the week. Only overheard this as my husband was listening, you understand… Elizabeth also mentioned that this year’s vintage […]

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Waitrose recommendations for English Wine Week

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Waitrose recommendations for English Wine Week

Anne Jones of Waitrose has recommended Jenkyn Place Brut 2008 (champagne-grape blend at £21.99), Bolney Estate Dark Harvest 2010 (a medium bodied red blend of Dornfelder and Rondo at £9.49) and Three Choirs Annum 2011 (an exclusive to Waitrose white blend at £8.99) as her 3 picks for English Wine Week. Great to see our local […]

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Join in the Excitement at Cobbs

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Join in the Excitement at Cobbs

Researching some smaller vineyards towards Bristol and seeing where their wines were stocked, I came across several mentions of Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen near Hungerford in Berkshire. A bit more investigation showed that not only do they stock English wines, but they have just planted their own vineyard. A few days later, I was […]

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Thoughts from Taurus Wines

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Thoughts from Taurus Wines

I had to pop in to Taurus Wines in Cranleigh, Surrey (just south of Guildford) and took the opportunity to ask Rupert Pritchett what he thought about the current state of English Wines. Taurus is a tiny wine shop with a huge reputation and certainly know what they are talking about as their quoted specialism of providing “fine […]

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Crab sandwich and a glass of pink, anyone?

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Crab sandwich and a glass of pink, anyone?

Well, we made it to Falmouth, but no restaurant recommendations were forthcoming for Friday night. Although we had a stunning meal at The Hut, I’m afraid Camel Valley Brut as the sole English wine on the menu in Cornwall isn’t quite enough for a more detailed mention… So, we decided to celebrate our departure and […]

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Fish & Mayval Dry in Poole

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Fish & Mayval Dry in Poole

I found myself in Poole last night and, as always on my occasional visits here, could not resist a trip to the delightful Storm Fish Restaurant on The High Street. Pete catches the fish, Paulo cooks them and the effervescent Frances runs front of house. We had barely started looking at the menu when my […]

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We’re now live on Pinterest!

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We’re now live on Pinterest!

Our pinterest page is now live at www.pinterest.co.uk/englishwinelove – English Wine Lovers was too long, so just think “English wine, love?” and you won’t forget. Even better, follow us and you won’t have to remember at all. Great English Vineyard Pictures (where quality of photography is of the essence) and Having Fun with English Wine […]

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The Business of Wine at Denbies

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The Business of Wine at Denbies

Our afternoon at Denbies comprised the Seasonal Vineyard Train Tour followed by the Wine & Food Tasting Experience. As at Holmfirth, the estate here started with a family buying a house which came with land. In the case of Denbies, an extensive estate with stunning landscape in the Surrey Hills. A local geologist, climate change […]

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