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Royal Horticultural English Wine…?

Filed in Vineyards by on November 14, 2014 0 Comments
Royal Horticultural English Wine…?

I finally made it to the vineyard at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Gardens this week. A vineyard at Wisley, who knew? Well not the lady in the ticket office for one! To be fair, it is not very well known and the reason I had heard there was a vineyard is that Alex Valsecchi, […]

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It’s never been easier to visit an English or Welsh Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards by on November 9, 2014 0 Comments
It’s never been easier to visit an English or Welsh Vineyard

Ever since we started visiting vineyards, we’ve been looking out for good quality visitor-friendly information. Finding nothing that quite met our needs, I built www.WineCellarDoor.co.uk to show all the UK vineyards with a “cellar door” where people could buy wine directly from the producer – hopefully this term will soon become as common as “farm gate” sales for […]

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Nyetimber – the stuff of dreams

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on September 29, 2014 0 Comments
Nyetimber – the stuff of dreams

The night before my visit to Nyetimber I slept badly. I dreamt that I was walking among crowds of people towards the vineyard and was distracted by a giant winery that had somehow been transported from Champagne to the street where I walked. I wandered inside, spent ages exploring and eventually found myself in a […]

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How Many Locals Does it Take to Make a Bottle of Wine?

Filed in Vineyards by on September 7, 2014 0 Comments
How Many Locals Does it Take to Make a Bottle of Wine?

If wine brings people together, think how a whole vineyard can do that, giving people not just the opportunity to share and enjoy a bottle but to be involved in growing the grapes that go into it. That’s what a community vineyard does, bringing together people of different ages, experience and circumstances to run a […]

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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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Dorset Wines – Go Judge for Yourself

Filed in Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on August 27, 2014 0 Comments
Dorset Wines – Go Judge for Yourself

What is the best wine to drink when camping? If the weather is hot, so is your white. If the weather is cold, your bottle of warming red becomes nothing of the sort. And the subtle aromas of a special bottle shared among friends are soon lost on the breeze. Perhaps a wine box is […]

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Boutique tour & tasting at Tinwood Estate

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on August 8, 2014 0 Comments
Boutique tour & tasting at Tinwood Estate

I’m endlessly fascinated, not just by the stories of wine production, but of how people came to be in the business of making wine in England & Wales. We hear quite often about people making money in other fields, like medicine or IT, the City or Formula 1 which enables them to make their dream of owning a vineyard […]

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It’s Down to the Chalk at Terlingham

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on July 11, 2014 0 Comments
It’s Down to the Chalk at Terlingham

Overlooking the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone, cut into the steep slope of Cheriton Hill, is the Folkestone White Horse chalk figure. Thousands of people for whom Folkestone is just one end of the Channel Tunnel get a glimpse of it every day when boarding their shuttle to France. As well as being a striking landmark, […]

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English Wine at Restaurants – how about BYO?

Filed in Restaurants, Wines Tasted by on June 24, 2014 0 Comments
English Wine at Restaurants – how about BYO?

We’ve visited a few bars and restaurants that make a point of serving English wine and been delighted with the quality of food we’ve found at places like The Shed, Greenberry Café and Foreman’s in London. Apart from these few exceptions, there are relatively few restaurants with UK wines and even when you do find one, it’s mainly the big […]

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Five Steps to Enjoying your Very Own English Sparkling Wine

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on June 21, 2014 2 Comments
Five Steps to Enjoying your Very Own English Sparkling Wine

Is sipping a glass of English sparkling wine overlooking your own vineyard an impossible dream? Not to Bruce and Sybilla Tindale at High Clandon. They planted their vines in 2004, harvested in 2007 and enjoyed the first vintage of their very own fizz two years ago. So, how did they do it? Well, it seems to […]

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