Musings

Musings on English wines, winemakers, vineyards and all the life around them.

Confessions of an English Placomusophile

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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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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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My Favourite Vineyard Blogs

Filed in Musings, Vineyards by on August 27, 2014 2 Comments
My Favourite Vineyard Blogs

The more I learn about wine, the more I appreciate and am fascinated by what happens in the vineyard and the winery. As well as going out to visit as often as I can, there are some blogs that I love to read and thought I would share with you. The first of these is […]

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English Wine Lovers now on Facebook!

Filed in Musings by on January 18, 2014 0 Comments
English Wine Lovers now on Facebook!

Reflecting back on the first year of English Wine Lovers, we like to think that our posts have built up a solid platform of genuine opinion, which is becoming more and more informed as time goes and on. Our aim to spread the word on English & Welsh wines has not changed, but how we go about it has been […]

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Have you Nominated your Favourite Vineyard yet?

Filed in Musings, News by on January 10, 2014 0 Comments
Have you Nominated your Favourite Vineyard yet?

The BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards are seeking nominations for Best Drinks Producer – you’ve got just two weeks or so to get in your nomination; the deadline is Monday 27th January 2014. The judges want to “hear about the people using carefully sourced ingredients and skill to produce an outstanding drink. From producers bringing […]

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How many English Wines in a Century?

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How many English Wines in a Century?

Instead of my usual New Year wine resolution to drink less but better, for 2014 I have resolved to to drink the same but different. By which I mean the same amount of wine but made from as many different types of grape as possible. I’ll already taste anything once (usually twice, just to make […]

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Etiquette and a schoolgirl error…

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Etiquette and a schoolgirl error…

Welcome to 2014! I hope your celebrations were fun and your resolutions are still intact. My resolution last year was to visit 10 English vineyards; I managed to exceed that by a long way and I’m looking forward to having much more fun with English wine this year. So, what about dinner on the big night and where […]

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English Wines for New Year’s Eve

Filed in Musings by on December 31, 2013 0 Comments
English Wines for New Year’s Eve

Friends are cooking this evening and have asked me to bring a bottle of fizz and some dessert wine and now it’s time to choose which wines it should be. A quote from Susy Atkins is brought to mind: “The Cellar door (is) the best and most enjoyable way of shopping for wine… do try it – it’s […]

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Pairing films with English wine

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Pairing films with English wine

OK, so it’s more usual to pair food and wine, but in between the eating and socialising of the festive period, I think there’s something rather nice about curling up on the sofa with a good film. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of English wine at the same time, so here are my thoughts on a couple of […]

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Does the marketing of wines from Mallorca contain ideas for English winemakers?

Filed in Musings by on December 15, 2013 0 Comments
Does the marketing of wines from Mallorca contain ideas for English winemakers?

So there I was in a smallish country, where wine has been made since time immemorial. There’s a historic reputation of poor quality, but a groundswell of really rather good winemakers starting to win international trophies, yet even the natives of that country are largely unaware of the good things going on and of the very good wines […]

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