Archive for April, 2014

Making my own Bottle of English Sparkling Wine!

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Making my own Bottle of English Sparkling Wine!

OK, I exaggerate slightly, the truth is that I did the last stages of making a bottle of fizz, but if I had called this post “Finishing a bottle of English sparkling wine”, you would have thought that I had just drunk a whole bottle, which wouldn’t have been that much to shout about… It all started on a […]

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Alchemy at Davenport Vineyard

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Alchemy at Davenport Vineyard

On a horrid cold and rainy day, I set off to Kent to visit Davenport Vineyard with Victor Keegan. We were both interested to meet Will Davenport and learn more about how he produces his well-respected wines. Having helped with the harvest at Bridewell Organic Gardens myself last season, while Victor and my fellow blogger Ian have both […]

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Fine English Wines at Formans Restaurant

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Fine English Wines at Formans Restaurant

English wines on restaurant wine lists are sadly still a rarity. Some more enlightened places might have an English sparkling wine or two, even an aromatic white. Some, such as Roast, make a feature of their English wines with own-label bottlings and collaborations with winemakers. But Roast is in foodie Mecca Borough Market. It’s a […]

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Can a Supermarket really open a Farm Shop?

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Can a Supermarket really open a Farm Shop?

My return journey from a recent trip to Langham Estate took me near the lovely Hampshire town of Stockbridge, so I thought I’d pop in to The Leckford Estate Farm Shop, a recent venture from Waitrose. I was hoping to pick up a bottle of Leckford Estate Brut 2011 (a collaboration with Ridgeview Estate) which […]

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A Rose by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

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A Rose by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

It’s perhaps not usual to wet the baby’s head with a dessert wine (imagine how sticky that would be!) but when a visit to see my brother-in-law’s new-born daughter in Nottinghamshire took me close to Eglantine Vineyard, it didn’t seem like such a strange idea. Eglantine, named after the Eglantine or Sweet Briar rose, produce […]

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More than 100 UK vineyards welcome visitors

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More than 100 UK vineyards welcome visitors

Did you know that more than 100 UK vineyards are open to the public? England and Wales have lots of visitor-friendly vineyards, stretching from St Martins in the Scillies right up to Yorkshire, many of them not far off the beaten track. The large number of new vineyards opening, together with a few changing hands, […]

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