Tag: bacchus

Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

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Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

When I signed up months ago for the Surrey Bacchus Half Marathon I was pretty confident that by the time it arrived I’d already have one half marathon under my belt and my running would be on top form. It didn’t quite turn out that way. Injury meant I missed my planned debut in London […]

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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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Winbirri – Bringing Home the Bacchus

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Winbirri – Bringing Home the Bacchus

You can’t have enough East Anglian Bacchus, according to Lee Dyer, owner of Winbirri Vineyard in Norfolk. That’s why he is planning to plant more vines to add to the 25 acres he already cares for in Surlingham, a small village on the edge of the Broads National Park near Norwich. I met Lee when […]

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Lyme Bay Winery – one to watch

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Lyme Bay Winery – one to watch

When winemaker Liam Idzikowski announced that he was leaving Langham Estate, where he’d impressed with his first few vintages, to join The Lyme Bay Winery, Ian and I looked at one another rather perplexed. Most of us have seen Lyme Bay’s fruit wines over the years (they’ve been around more than 20 years, I now learn) […]

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A view of the sea from Polgoon Vineyard

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A view of the sea from Polgoon Vineyard

It has been suggested that I could produce a quiz about the vineyards of the UK, having visited so many. If that ever happens, make sure your revision includes vineyards with alpacas – there are more than you might think! Another topic I’d include is those with a sea view, although I’ve only come across […]

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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

According to his diary entry for December 1st 1660, after a fortifying venison pasty, Samuel Pepys and his friend Mr Shipley “went into London, and calling upon Mr. Pinkney [headed to the tavern to enjoy] a pint of wine”. Later, after another pint at The Star, Samuel Pepys went home, his “brains somewhat troubled with so […]

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Gentle Evolution at Sharpham

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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

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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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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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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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