Archive for March, 2014

Star Quality at Langham Estate

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Star Quality at Langham Estate

During the recent film awards season, it had occurred to me that you can’t call up the winner of the BAFTAs and ask to meet them for a glass of bubbly, but sometimes you can get in touch with the vineyard equivalent of a BAFTA winner and have a glass of sparkling wine with the winemaker. I […]

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The Joy of a New Vintage at Highdown Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on March 22, 2014
The Joy of a New Vintage at Highdown Vineyard

It is amazing how often you can visit a UK vineyard with just a bit of forethought and a small detour around your everyday life; the serendipity of where you end up is half the fun. I fit a lot of my visits around work and Ian is waiting for his sister-in-law to have a baby to put […]

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Under Big Suffolk Skies at Shawsgate

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Under Big Suffolk Skies at Shawsgate

A field of wooden crosses with painted labels displaying the names of grape varieties put me strangely in mind of a WWI cemetery at Shawsgate Vineyard. The bare trellis wires, dormant vines and vine prunings scattered on the ground added to the impression but it was more than countered by the warm welcome that my […]

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Emptying carefully filled bottles at Ridgeview

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Emptying carefully filled bottles at Ridgeview

On seeing that Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex were doing a monthly tour, Susan and I thought we had better get ourselves down there. We had booked a while in advance and when the day came it was the morning after heavy winds and storms; we even wondered whether it would be cancelled. Our journey along […]

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The Price of English Sparkling Wine

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The Price of English Sparkling Wine

Firstly I have to admit that as a taste-off, it wasn’t fair. Producers in their first year were pitted against others with a massive pedigree, but that in itself produced some interesting debate. It wasn’t intended as a ranking exercise, but inevitably a bit of that creeps in. The event was the Early Swirlers, our […]

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