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Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

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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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Gentle Evolution at Sharpham

Filed in Vineyards by on April 13, 2015 0 Comments
Gentle Evolution at Sharpham

As I have said before, a visit to Sharpham on a sunny day is always a treat; it’s very impressive the way that one of the longest established cellar doors continues to gently evolve and remain appealing to new visitors and locals alike. Although not on my normal route to Cornwall, I decided that it […]

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Tiny Lily Farm Punches Above its Weight

Filed in Vineyards by on April 12, 2015 0 Comments
Tiny Lily Farm Punches Above its Weight

The buzz about Lily Farm Vineyard started to catch my attention last year with their excellent showing in various awards. Later, I was looking for some pink fizz from smaller producers to join a UK tasting line up and their name came up again with a suggestion from wine educator Rebecca Mitchell. A bottle was kindly supplied […]

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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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What is English for Blanc de Blancs?

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What is English for Blanc de Blancs?

When the “New Wine this Week” crowd (follow them on twitter #NWTW) put out a call for wines beginning with the letter “B”, I was straight in there with Bacchus. As I saw suggestions coming in from other quarters, I did feel we were a bit optimistic to be challenging Barolo in the winter months, […]

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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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The Harvest of Dreams – View from behind the Snips

Filed in Harvest, Vineyards by on January 16, 2015 1 Comment
The Harvest of Dreams – View from behind the Snips

I cannot now recall how long before the 2014 harvest it was that the word “dream” started to be used, but it was certainly weeks, if not months, before the first grape was picked. After the poor harvest of 2011, the abject disaster of 2012 and a reasonable crop in 2013, excitement built throughout 2014. Vines […]

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More Wine, Bishop?

Filed in Vineyards by on November 28, 2014 0 Comments
More Wine, Bishop?

What the tiny vineyard at the Bishops’ Palace in Lincoln lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere. Occupying a south facing terrace of land in the shadow of the ruined former home of the bishops of Lincoln, it has the solidity of medieval masonry to one side and long views over […]

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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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A Vineyard Fit For a Queen

Filed in Vineyards by on November 16, 2014 0 Comments
A Vineyard Fit For a Queen

I’ll say this about Anne of Cleves. She might not have been England’s most beautiful queen, but she did pretty well when it came to acquiring lands for future vineyards. She kept her head as the fourth of Henry VIII’s six wives and at the time of the annulment of their marriage in 1540 received […]

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