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Where to for English Wine Week?

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Where to for English Wine Week?

Vineyards have been taking root all over the country in recent years, with the vineyard area doubling since 2008 and continuing to grow rapidly. That means that wherever you are in the country, you’ll not be too far away from one. If you’ve not yet visited your local wine producer, English Wine Week (Sat 28th […]

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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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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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Autumnal Harvest at Silent Pool

Filed in Vineyards by on November 7, 2013 0 Comments
Autumnal Harvest at Silent Pool

The feeling of “what on earth possessed me?” that threatened as I walked to my car at quarter past six on a Saturday morning was soon overcome, as usually happens on these occasions, by a delight in experiencing the sunrise and the birds chirruping. I picked Susan up on the way and we arrived at Albury Organic Vineyard […]

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Glass of English wine and a good book, anyone?

Filed in Musings by on October 27, 2013 6 Comments
Glass of English wine and a good book, anyone?

So, the howling gales are approaching, there are still a few grapes to come in from the harvest (and do check our dedicated Pinterest board if you’re available to volunteer), but how are we English Wine Lovers going to amuse ourselves over the long evenings? Well, for those times when you are not enjoying a […]

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Enjoy the last of the summer and earn yourself a glass of English wine

Filed in Vineyards by on September 28, 2013 0 Comments
Enjoy the last of the summer and earn yourself a glass of English wine

In almost every county of England and Wales, growers of grapes destined for wine are watching their vines with a mixture of cautious optimism and nervousness. This year’s much talked of bumper harvest is only a potential harvest until the grapes are picked and safely in the winery. Although some will have started at the end of September, […]

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Nice weather for English Wine, but our hearts go out to Champagne

Filed in Musings, News by on August 5, 2013 0 Comments
Nice weather for English Wine, but our hearts go out to Champagne

The recent prolonged period of sunshine has provided very nice weather for English wine grapes during their bud burst and fruit set, the critical periods. My father (who has been enjoying following the blog and other English wine news – thank you, Papa!) asked whether the vines were not suffering from shortage of water in all […]

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Looking back on English Wine Week 2013

Filed in Musings by on June 10, 2013 0 Comments
Looking back on English Wine Week 2013

A week or so after English Wine Week, the wine rack is groaning delightfully under the weight of new discoveries. Worth a quick think on how it went and anything I would do differently next time… First the plus points… Taking the week off work was great and I’ll definitely put the date in my diary […]

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First Taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012

Filed in Vineyards by on June 2, 2013 0 Comments
First Taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012

Our first taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012 was almost the first taste as Susan & I have joined the local Albury Organic Vineyard as two of 50 founder members and our membership includes an invitation to the vineyard and barbecue as part of the launch of the new release. It was a lovely sunny day […]

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Thoughts from Taurus Wines

Filed in Musings by on May 20, 2013 2 Comments
Thoughts from Taurus Wines

I had to pop in to Taurus Wines in Cranleigh, Surrey (just south of Guildford) and took the opportunity to ask Rupert Pritchett what he thought about the current state of English Wines. Taurus is a tiny wine shop with a huge reputation and certainly know what they are talking about as their quoted specialism of providing “fine […]

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