Elisabeth

Elisabeth Else enjoys tasting and drinking wine, supporting small businesses, meeting interesting people and exploring the outdoors. This blog provides Elisabeth with the opportunities to do all of these, with the aim of sharing the joys (and occasionally the heartaches!) of English wine.

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The Marquis at Alkham and other UK Vineyards with Accommodation

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards by on April 24, 2016 0 Comments
The Marquis at Alkham and other UK Vineyards with Accommodation

Having carefully collated which UK vineyards offer accommodation, I have long wanted to visit each and everyone one of them. Like most people, though, I have a day job and other calls on my time and money, so I always have half an eye on our map of vineyards to see if I can fit any into everyday life. When […]

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English Wine in 2016 – my predictions

Filed in News, Restaurants, Vineyards by on January 10, 2016 0 Comments
English Wine in 2016 – my predictions

Well, gosh hasn’t there been a lot in the press about English wine lately? Seems everyone has heard of Taittinger’s acquisition of land in Kent and, as Richard Goring of Wiston Estate said to me the day after the news came out, it’s going to make a lot of people who hadn’t previously taken English […]

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A Day in the Winery at Plumpton College

Filed in Harvest by on October 24, 2015 0 Comments
A Day in the Winery at Plumpton College

Here at English Wine Lovers, we love nothing more than getting out in a vineyard. So many times we’re taken aback by the beautiful countryside we would never have found otherwise and any time of year there is something worth seeing. Right now, of course, it’s all about the harvest. With more than 50 UK vineyards […]

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Last of the Summer Whites – Our first mixed case

Filed in Wine Offers by on September 27, 2015
Last of the Summer Whites – Our first mixed case

Two questions I’m often asked are which vineyards people should visit and why we don’t sell wine. It’s in response to both of these that I’ve created the “Last of the Summer Whites” mixed half case in conjunction with English wine specialists, The Exceptional English Wine Company. The plan is to create a monthly offering of 6 […]

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Fancy helping to make your own glass of bubbly?

Filed in Uncategorized by on September 21, 2015 0 Comments
Fancy helping to make your own glass of bubbly?

In the UK, as in Champagne, grapes for sparkling wine need to be picked by hand. This is a labour intensive process, which can go on over several weeks as different varieties, and even different clone / rootstock combinations of the same variety, all ripen at different rates. Careful analysis of sugar levels rising and […]

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Lyme Bay Winery – one to watch

Filed in Wines Tasted by on July 8, 2015 0 Comments
Lyme Bay Winery – one to watch

When winemaker Liam Idzikowski announced that he was leaving Langham Estate, where he’d impressed with his first few vintages, to join The Lyme Bay Winery, Ian and I looked at one another rather perplexed. Most of us have seen Lyme Bay’s fruit wines over the years (they’ve been around more than 20 years, I now learn) […]

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The Italian in Algiers in Vegas in Ditchling

Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2015 0 Comments
The Italian in Algiers in Vegas in Ditchling

Ever since I heard about Pop-Up Opera, a young company, having set up themselves instead of waiting for roles, and performing in unusual venues, I had been charmed by the idea. I’m no opera buff, but I love The Magic Flute and have enjoyed seeing it in different venues and styles around the world. Rossini’s ‘L’Italiana […]

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My English Wine Fortnight

Filed in Vineyards by on June 17, 2015
My English Wine Fortnight

I’ve been thinking back on what I did in English Wine Week and the week after – there was such a variety of things that I thought it would be fun to share. None of what I did was by special invitation and so, although I’m fortunate to have been able to be flexible with work […]

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A view of the sea from Polgoon Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 12, 2015 0 Comments
A view of the sea from Polgoon Vineyard

It has been suggested that I could produce a quiz about the vineyards of the UK, having visited so many. If that ever happens, make sure your revision includes vineyards with alpacas – there are more than you might think! Another topic I’d include is those with a sea view, although I’ve only come across […]

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Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on April 26, 2015 0 Comments
Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

The picture of smiling visitors enjoying a glass of wine in the evening sun on the terrace at Camel Valley overlooking the vineyards is probably one of the most familiar to people with any interest in wines from our shores. In fact the number of people with barely a passing interest in English and Welsh […]

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