Archive for September, 2013

Enjoy the last of the summer and earn yourself a glass of English wine

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Enjoy the last of the summer and earn yourself a glass of English wine

In almost every county of England and Wales, growers of grapes destined for wine are watching their vines with a mixture of cautious optimism and nervousness. This year’s much talked of bumper harvest is only a potential harvest until the grapes are picked and safely in the winery. Although some will have started at the end of September, […]

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English Red Wine on BBC One’s New Tricks

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English Red Wine on BBC One’s New Tricks

Not only was last night’s episode of BBC One’s New Tricks the first to feature Tamzin Outhwaite as the new Head of UCOS, it was also the first we are aware of to mention English wine! The plotline centred around relationships on a London allotment. One of the characters, an Italian gent, made wine from […]

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What is next for Stanlake Park?

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What is next for Stanlake Park?

It’s taken me a few days to write up my recent visit to Stanlake Park as I’m finding it a bit of a conundrum. I read all about it in GWEW before setting off and the description of the vineyards and wines was glowing, although I haven’t heard it mentioned much elsewhere. I haven’t seen […]

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It’s the neat vines that make Greyfriars Rosé Reserve so good

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It’s the neat vines that make Greyfriars Rosé Reserve so good

Anyone who visits English vineyards gets to hear some naïve questions. One of the most quaint and charming I’ve heard was at Greyfriars Vineyard in Surrey for last week’s launch of their first in-house produced wine, the Rosé Reserve Brut, when one of the guests asked whether grape vines always grew so neatly. We smiled as we explained […]

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No 1066 and all that at Carr Taylor

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No 1066 and all that at Carr Taylor

Keen to make the most of the rare English Summer before it disappeared for another six years, I headed off to Sussex at the end of the holidays for a week’s camping. The Hidden Spring campsite near Heathfield, which offers pitches overlooking their vines (with wines made by Sedlescombe), was fully booked, but we found […]

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Enjoyable Audio Tour & Tasting at Wickham Vineyard

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Enjoyable Audio Tour & Tasting at Wickham Vineyard

The rain stopped long enough last Sunday morning for me to try out the audio tour at Wickham Vineyard in Hampshire. I was really impressed, actually; it’s a great system whereby people can turn up any time during their shop opening hours – 7 days a week, excluding only Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – […]

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Brown tourist signs and opening hours – we want the truth!

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Brown tourist signs and opening hours – we want the truth!

One of the absolute delights of visiting English vineyards has been discovering wonderful countryside that is only just off the beaten track. Like most of us, I’m guessing, I have to fit my wine trips around the day job, visits to friends and family, and so on. That’s why I always try to highlight when […]

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