Archive for November, 2014

More Wine, Bishop?

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More Wine, Bishop?

What the tiny vineyard at the Bishops’ Palace in Lincoln lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. Occupying a south facing terrace of land in the shadow of the ruined former home of the bishops of Lincoln, it has the solidity of medieval masonry to one side and long views over […]

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Dessert wines from England – rare, but worth seeking out

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Dessert wines from England – rare, but worth seeking out

As I set down 5 bottles of dessert wine for the “Early Swirlers” tasting group, it occurred to me that apart from UKVA judges, there probably aren’t that many people who have had the chance to taste so many sweet wines from this country in a single flight. I had collected some of the bottles […]

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A Vineyard Fit For a Queen

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A Vineyard Fit For a Queen

I’ll say this about Anne of Cleves. She might not have been England’s most beautiful queen, but she did pretty well when it came to acquiring lands for future vineyards. She kept her head as the fourth of Henry VIII’s six wives and at the time of the annulment of their marriage in 1540 received […]

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Royal Horticultural English Wine…?

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Royal Horticultural English Wine…?

I finally made it to the vineyard at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Gardens this week. A vineyard at Wisley, who knew? Well not the lady in the ticket office for one! To be fair, it is not very well known and the reason I had heard there was a vineyard is that Alex Valsecchi, […]

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It’s never been easier to visit an English or Welsh Vineyard

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It’s never been easier to visit an English or Welsh Vineyard

Ever since we started visiting vineyards, we’ve been looking out for good quality visitor-friendly information. Finding nothing that quite met our needs, I built www.WineCellarDoor.co.uk to show all the UK vineyards with a “cellar door” where people could buy wine directly from the producer – hopefully this term will soon become as common as “farm gate” sales for […]

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