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Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

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Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

We do love a sticky here at English Wine Lovers. Both Elisabeth and I snap up English dessert wines wherever and whenever we can, and because they are generally made in tiny quantities, they usually sell out fast. Elisabeth wrote about these rare delights in November 2014 and since then I’ve been building a large […]

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English Wines for New Year’s Eve

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English Wines for New Year’s Eve

Friends are cooking this evening and have asked me to bring a bottle of fizz and some dessert wine and now it’s time to choose which wines it should be. A quote from Susy Atkins is brought to mind: “The Cellar door (is) the best and most enjoyable way of shopping for wine… do try it – it’s […]

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Madeleine is a lady who rewards being wooed

Filed in Wines Tasted by on December 5, 2013 0 Comments
Madeleine is a lady who rewards being wooed

After all my jaunts around the country discovering English wines, it was back to tasting with friends at the Early Swirlers wine group in Guildford last week. Since our former prof, the eminent Michael Schmidt, returned to Germany, we’ve taken it in turns to educate and entertain one another with blind tastings. I confess to having […]

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English Wines at Tate Galleries

Filed in Musings, Restaurants by on August 20, 2013 0 Comments
English Wines at Tate Galleries

A recent lunch at Tate Britain had me thinking about English wine, so I got in touch with Tate’s sommelier Hamish Anderson, who kindly agreed to be interviewed for English Wine Lovers. I asked if he thought it important that Tate Britain, in particular, should serve English wines. He agreed that “It is hugely important to serve […]

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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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I said “Astley”, not “asti”…

Filed in Vineyards by on May 29, 2013 0 Comments
I said “Astley”, not “asti”…

After a superb visit to Astley Vineyards, I popped into the award winning Checkett’s farm shop in nearby Ombersley and walked through to Juckes Fine Wines. I looked around the well-stocked shelves of interesting, quality wines. Not seeing any English wines, I enquired whether they stocked Astley Wines. “We usually have asti, but we don’t have any […]

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English Wine Week on the Archers

Filed in Musings, Vineyards by on May 28, 2013 0 Comments
English Wine Week on the Archers

Great to hear English Wine Week get a plug on the Archers this evening. Lower Loxley has its own vineyard and they are hosting a fancy dinner this evening, with vineyard tours and tastings later in the week. Only overheard this as my husband was listening, you understand… Elizabeth also mentioned that this year’s vintage […]

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