Ian

Ian Hardwick's viticultural first love is Champagne, but he also enjoys seeking out the best of what England can now offer. He is a tourism professional with an interest in geography, so visiting English vineyards ticks those boxes, too.

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Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on September 23, 2016 0 Comments
Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

When I signed up months ago for the Surrey Bacchus Half Marathon I was pretty confident that by the time it arrived I’d already have one half marathon under my belt and my running would be on top form. It didn’t quite turn out that way. Injury meant I missed my planned debut in London […]

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Where to for English Wine Week?

Filed in News, Restaurants, Vineyards by on May 27, 2016 0 Comments
Where to for English Wine Week?

Vineyards have been taking root all over the country in recent years, with the vineyard area doubling since 2008 and continuing to grow rapidly. That means that wherever you are in the country, you’ll not be too far away from one. If you’ve not yet visited your local wine producer, English Wine Week (Sat 28th […]

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Confessions of an English Placomusophile

Filed in Musings by on March 2, 2016 0 Comments
Confessions of an English Placomusophile

Like Charlie Bucket unwrapping a bar of Wonka chocolate, when I open a bottle of sparkling wine I’m always looking out for something extra. But unlike the hero of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s not a glimpse of golden ticket I’m after but a decorated cap beneath the gold foil. The caps are an […]

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Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

Filed in Wines Tasted by on February 7, 2016 0 Comments
Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

We do love a sticky here at English Wine Lovers. Both Elisabeth and I snap up English dessert wines wherever and whenever we can, and because they are generally made in tiny quantities, they usually sell out fast. Elisabeth wrote about these rare delights in November 2014 and since then I’ve been building a large […]

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Picking Bucks Fizz at Chafor Wine Estate

Filed in Harvest by on November 24, 2015 0 Comments
Picking Bucks Fizz at Chafor Wine Estate

The highlight of our year here at English Wine Lovers is harvest time. It’s a chance for Elisabeth & I to get out into the field, sharpen our snips and get our hands dirty helping, in a small way, to produce the wines we enjoy drinking and writing about. It’s also a chance to get to […]

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English Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

Filed in Wine Offers, Wines Tasted by on November 15, 2015 0 Comments
English Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

I’m really excited to be choosing the wines for the November Wine Cellar Door case, and the fact that it’s a sparkling wine selection makes it even more special. With so many top quality wines to choose from though, from so many excellent producers, it’s a difficult task to narrow it down to just six. My […]

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One for the Road at Chilford Hall

Filed in Wines Tasted by on October 4, 2015 0 Comments
One for the Road at Chilford Hall

Chilford Hall must be one of the best signposted vineyards in England. Large brown signs with giant bunches of grapes entice visitors from the A11 in Cambridgeshire and guide them from the dual carriageway all the way to the winery door. Given the roadside associations of the vineyard’s founder though, maybe that’s appropriate. The vineyard was planted […]

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Winbirri – Bringing Home the Bacchus

Filed in Vineyards by on September 20, 2015 0 Comments
Winbirri – Bringing Home the Bacchus

You can’t have enough East Anglian Bacchus, according to Lee Dyer, owner of Winbirri Vineyard in Norfolk. That’s why he is planning to plant more vines to add to the 25 acres he already cares for in Surlingham, a small village on the edge of the Broads National Park near Norwich. I met Lee when […]

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The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

Filed in Vineyards by on August 15, 2015 0 Comments
The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

There’s something about walled gardens – perhaps the sense of security or the promise of secrets – that makes them so appealing. For me, it’s also the chance that one might contain a hidden vineyard. The vineyard at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, a few miles from Sheffield, was originally planted in the walled garden of […]

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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

Filed in Vineyards by on May 6, 2015 0 Comments
Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

According to his diary entry for December 1st 1660, after a fortifying venison pasty, Samuel Pepys and his friend Mr Shipley “went into London, and calling upon Mr. Pinkney [headed to the tavern to enjoy] a pint of wine”. Later, after another pint at The Star, Samuel Pepys went home, his “brains somewhat troubled with so […]

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