Archive for June, 2013

New Restaurant “Marianne” to feature English sparkling wines

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New Restaurant “Marianne” to feature English sparkling wines

A new restaurant, Marianne, is due to open at 104 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill in September 2013. Marianne Lumb was a finalist in 2009’s Masterchef: The Professionals and is planning a small restaurant with only 14 covers. We read that the menu is to comprise a seasonally changing offering with daily fish, meat and vegetarian […]

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Let’s hope English grapes will look like this…

Filed in Musings by on June 26, 2013 0 Comments
Let’s hope English grapes will look like this…

I was lucky enough to go to Spain for a couple of days last weekend to join in a friend’s birthday celebrations. We stopped for a coffee at La Garganta in the El Churro gorge and the terrace roof was filled with delightfully ripening grapes. Very different from the early grapes we’ve seen in England […]

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English Sparkling Wine helps profits at Majestic

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English Sparkling Wine helps profits at Majestic

Majestic Wine yesterday announced their preliminary results for the 52 weeks ending April 2013. Among the factors contributing to the increase in profits from £23.2 million last year to £23.7 million this year, they cited three new developments – a significant increase in the sales of English sparkling wine, an increase in the number of customers attending tasting […]

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Start and end your meal with Yorkshire fizz

Filed in Wines Tasted by on June 16, 2013 0 Comments
Start and end your meal with Yorkshire fizz

Wine from Yorkshire, are you serious? Well possibly still wine, but surely not sparkling? Having previously enjoyed a freezing cold visit to Leventhorpe vineyard, the wine rack contained a bottle of George’s sparkling wine and nestling next to it, a rather less well-known Summerhouse 2010, produced by Halfpenny Green Vineyards for Summerhouse Vineyard near Doncaster […]

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Just say “No!” to dull Pinot Grigio

Filed in Wines Tasted by on June 14, 2013 0 Comments
Just say “No!” to dull Pinot Grigio

I was in London earlier this week and arranged to meet former colleague Ian for a little tasting at Wine Pantry, St Pancras. We had lots of gossip to catch up on and I started with a very pleasant Three Choirs Rosé that Julia, who owns Wine Pantry, recommended while Ian had a glass of Chapel Down Kit’s […]

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Looking back on English Wine Week 2013

Filed in Musings by on June 10, 2013 0 Comments
Looking back on English Wine Week 2013

A week or so after English Wine Week, the wine rack is groaning delightfully under the weight of new discoveries. Worth a quick think on how it went and anything I would do differently next time… First the plus points… Taking the week off work was great and I’ll definitely put the date in my diary […]

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First Taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012

Filed in Vineyards by on June 2, 2013 0 Comments
First Taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012

Our first taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012 was almost the first taste as Susan & I have joined the local Albury Organic Vineyard as two of 50 founder members and our membership includes an invitation to the vineyard and barbecue as part of the launch of the new release. It was a lovely sunny day […]

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Hush Heath really is the garden of England

Filed in Vineyards by on June 1, 2013 1 Comment
Hush Heath really is the garden of England

After the drizzle of the last few days, wandering around Hush Heath orchards and vineyards in glorious sunshine, it really did live up to the Kentish reputation as the garden of England. This was chosen as the next vineyard of English Wine Week after Ian, a colleague from the day job with a passion for champagne, read […]

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