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A delightful summer evening at Jenkyn Place

Filed in Vineyards by on July 31, 2013 0 Comments
A delightful summer evening at Jenkyn Place

If there’s a nicer way to spend a summer’s evening than wandering the vines at Jenkyn Place in the company of owner Simon Bladon and then tasting the latest vintages of his sparkling Brut Cuvée and Rosé, I’d be hard pushed to think what it might be. Even the drive from my home to Jenkyn Place […]

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Catalan cooking expert Rachel McCormack recommends English Sparkling Rosé

Filed in News by on July 30, 2013 0 Comments
Catalan cooking expert Rachel McCormack recommends English Sparkling Rosé

On Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet today, panellists were asked by audience member Joanna of Wantage “Is it wrong to select your wine first and food second?” There was general agreement that this was perfectly acceptable, with each guest making a suggested wine and food pairing. Catalan cooking expert Rachel McCormack said, “One of the things I’ve […]

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1945 – a good year for English Wines

Filed in Musings by on July 27, 2013 0 Comments
1945 – a good year for English Wines

I was intrigued when I came across a picture on the internet of a book entitled “Wine Growing in England” by George Ordish, published in 1953. I was excited when I realised it was for sale and now that I have the book in my hands, I am absolutely charmed. I haven’t yet had time to read it in full, […]

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It’s all go at Wickham Vineyard!

Filed in Vineyards by on July 23, 2013 0 Comments
It’s all go at Wickham Vineyard!

Well, what a delightful contrast from when we last went to Wickham in January and it was all closed despite appearing open on their website (don’t get me started…) This time it was very different with a “Four Vineyards of Hampshire Mini Wine Festival” as part of Hampshire Food Festival. I’d called and left a […]

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Thoughts on Champagne, English Sparkling Wine & Sea Monsters

Filed in Musings, Vineyards by on July 18, 2013 0 Comments
Thoughts on Champagne, English Sparkling Wine & Sea Monsters

Now that I’ve finished unloading the car of treasures from the Montagne de Reims (it’s taken a while) I thought I’d try and give my thoughts on the question of what’s so great about champagne. As much as I like English wine, and English sparkling wine in particular, I love Champagne. Not just the wine but […]

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Buds and Flowers at Titchfield Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Buds and Flowers at Titchfield Vineyard

By one of those lovely moments of serendipity that seem to characterise my explorations of the world of English wine, I picked last Saturday to pop into Cork & Cheese, a deli in Park Gate near Southampton that I had passed several times. I had noted the sign mentioning English wine, so went to check it out. […]

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English Oak Wine and Storm Fish Restaurant on ITV’s Harbour Lives

Filed in News, Restaurants, Vineyards by on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
English Oak Wine and Storm Fish Restaurant on ITV’s Harbour Lives

I’ve finally managed to catch up with the recent Harbour Lives television series featuring life around Poole, somewhere I’ve known a little since I was a student and got to know a bit more lately having sheltered there from storms for several days earlier this year. That period where we had 3 days of dreadful winds […]

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Always a pleasure to go to Sharpham

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards by on July 4, 2013 0 Comments
Always a pleasure to go to Sharpham

Sharpham is the English vineyard I have visited more than any other, but this is the first time since starting the English Wine Lovers blog. We had booked a table at the Vineyard Café, always a good idea as space is very limited, but on this drizzly day had the additional benefit of ensuring a table […]

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Manstree Vineyard – a Very Hidden Gem

Filed in Vineyards by on July 3, 2013 0 Comments
Manstree Vineyard – a Very Hidden Gem

Ever since enjoying a glass or two of Manstree’s Mayval Dry at Storm Fish Restaurant in Poole, I had made a mental note to pop in to Manstree Vineyard next time I was in the Exeter area. Visiting my friend Chrissie, who lives locally and is always a willing participant in wine adventures, we decided to […]

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No more visitors at Kenton – despite what it says on their website!

Filed in Vineyards by on July 3, 2013 0 Comments
No more visitors at Kenton – despite what it says on their website!

On a lovely sunny day in Exeter, my friend Chrissie & I decided to pop over to Kenton vineyard. We were surprised to find only one car in the car park and the tasting room and terrace looking neglected. The vines looked in super condition, though. All a bit confusing until we bumped into the owner, Matthew Bernstein. He said […]

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