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Kent – The Vineyard of England

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on June 20, 2014 0 Comments
Kent – The Vineyard of England

Kent has long been known as the Garden of England, but with a growing number of successful vineyards in the county, the Vineyard of England might soon be a more apt description. The oldest vineyard in Kent is Biddenden, deep in the countryside about 4 miles from Tenterden. Originally planted in 1969 on a third […]

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Being a little part of Albury Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards by on June 14, 2014 0 Comments
Being a little part of Albury Vineyard

I’ve been to Albury Vineyard a few times now, it’s quite local and I’ve joined their Wine Club, which means you get to know the place a little better. The annual open day and new vintage launch arrived on the first day of English Wine Week with grey skies and heavy showers. By the time […]

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Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 31, 2014 0 Comments
Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

When I saw the picture on Twitter of the table at the Nyetimber offices awaiting guests I thought (a) I’m sure they meant someone else when they invited me and (b) I’m certainly not going to ‘fess up! The event was to celebrate Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 winning Best UK Sparkling Wine at IWC2014 as well as English Wine Week. With […]

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Enjoying your English Wine Week

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards by on May 21, 2014 0 Comments
Enjoying your English Wine Week

As English Wine Week approaches, I had an email from a friend asking for recommendations on places to visit. Knowing where she lives, her particular interests and another region of the country she was planning to visit, I put together a personal itinerary. Obviously that’s not possible for everyone, so I thought I’d share my […]

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Hanging out the Bunting at Frithsden

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments
Hanging out the Bunting at Frithsden

What better way to spend a bank holiday than with friends at an English Vineyard? Looking for somewhere equidistant between north London and Milton Keynes, Frithsden Vineyard near Berkhamsted looked to be the ideal spot for a May Day meet up – not too far, not too big, offering a warm welcome for children and […]

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My Week in English Wine

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 11, 2014 0 Comments
My Week in English Wine

From a fancy restaurant in the City to Plumpton College in the Sussex countryside, via one of the biggest English Wine events of the year, what a week it’s been! It all started quite gently with a launch for the new Classic Cuvée from Hambledon Vineyard at Hawksmoor Guildhall. It was lovely to meet some more of the people behind the […]

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Sunshine, Music and English Wine

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards by on May 5, 2014 1 Comment
Sunshine, Music and English Wine

Since I’ve been blogging about UK wines, one of the most interesting contacts was the day I received an email from an A&R man who helps young musicians start out on their career. Mark had been working with some guys in a band and organised for them to help make a craft beer, which will […]

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Making my own Bottle of English Sparkling Wine!

Filed in Vineyards by on April 29, 2014 2 Comments
Making my own Bottle of English Sparkling Wine!

OK, I exaggerate slightly, the truth is that I did the last stages of making a bottle of fizz, but if I had called this post “Finishing a bottle of English sparkling wine”, you would have thought that I had just drunk a whole bottle, which wouldn’t have been that much to shout about… It all started on a […]

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Alchemy at Davenport Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards by on April 14, 2014 0 Comments
Alchemy at Davenport Vineyard

On a horrid cold and rainy day, I set off to Kent to visit Davenport Vineyard with Victor Keegan. We were both interested to meet Will Davenport and learn more about how he produces his well-respected wines. Having helped with the harvest at Bridewell Organic Gardens myself last season, while Victor and my fellow blogger Ian have both […]

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Fine English Wines at Formans Restaurant

Filed in Restaurants, Wines Tasted by on April 11, 2014 2 Comments
Fine English Wines at Formans Restaurant

English wines on restaurant wine lists are sadly still a rarity. Some more enlightened places might have an English sparkling wine or two, even an aromatic white. Some, such as Roast, make a feature of their English wines with own-label bottlings and collaborations with winemakers. But Roast is in foodie Mecca Borough Market. It’s a […]

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