Wines Tasted

Comments and reviews of wines tasted by English Wine Lovers

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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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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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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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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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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Valley Farm Vineyards – In a Glass of its Own

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on March 14, 2015 0 Comments
Valley Farm Vineyards – In a Glass of its Own

When Elaine Heeler and Vanessa Tucker at Valley Farm Vineyards decided to leave their jobs and home in Manchester for a future in English wine, they were expecting a move to Sussex, not Suffolk. But when they heard that Wissett Wines was for sale and they visited the vineyard near Halesworth, they made the decision […]

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Is Sauvignon Blanc the new Bacchus?

Filed in Musings, Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on February 11, 2015 2 Comments
Is Sauvignon Blanc the new Bacchus?

Whenever anyone asks what English still wine tastes like, the answer is usually “a bit like Sauvignon Blanc”. For many wines, that’s a fair description. They are light, floral, with aromas of hedgerow and elderflower. In many instances such wines are made from Bacchus, a variety growing in both familiarity and popularity and often suggested […]

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Dessert wines from England – rare, but worth seeking out

Filed in Wines Tasted by on November 26, 2014 0 Comments
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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