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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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Under Big Suffolk Skies at Shawsgate

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on March 14, 2014 0 Comments
Under Big Suffolk Skies at Shawsgate

A field of wooden crosses with painted labels displaying the names of grape varieties put me strangely in mind of a WWI cemetery at Shawsgate Vineyard. The bare trellis wires, dormant vines and vine prunings scattered on the ground added to the impression but it was more than countered by the warm welcome that my […]

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The Price of English Sparkling Wine

Filed in Wines Tasted by on March 1, 2014 0 Comments
The Price of English Sparkling Wine

Firstly I have to admit that as a taste-off, it wasn’t fair. Producers in their first year were pitted against others with a massive pedigree, but that in itself produced some interesting debate. It wasn’t intended as a ranking exercise, but inevitably a bit of that creeps in. The event was the Early Swirlers, our […]

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Visit a Sussex Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards by on January 13, 2014 0 Comments
Visit a Sussex Vineyard

Visit Sussex recently asked us to write a guest blog post for them on vineyards in Sussex that are open to visitors. Here’s a copy of that article… There is more and more talk these days about the increasing quality of English wines and Sussex is right at the heart of this exciting development. From […]

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Have you Nominated your Favourite Vineyard yet?

Filed in Musings, News by on January 10, 2014 0 Comments
Have you Nominated your Favourite Vineyard yet?

The BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards are seeking nominations for Best Drinks Producer – you’ve got just two weeks or so to get in your nomination; the deadline is Monday 27th January 2014. The judges want to “hear about the people using carefully sourced ingredients and skill to produce an outstanding drink. From producers bringing […]

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English Wines for New Year’s Eve

Filed in Musings by on December 31, 2013 0 Comments
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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No 1066 and all that at Carr Taylor

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on September 12, 2013 2 Comments
No 1066 and all that at Carr Taylor

Keen to make the most of the rare English Summer before it disappeared for another six years, I headed off to Sussex at the end of the holidays for a week’s camping. The Hidden Spring campsite near Heathfield, which offers pitches overlooking their vines (with wines made by Sedlescombe), was fully booked, but we found […]

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Waitrose recommendations for English Wine Week

Filed in News by on May 24, 2013 0 Comments
Waitrose recommendations for English Wine Week

Anne Jones of Waitrose has recommended Jenkyn Place Brut 2008 (champagne-grape blend at £21.99), Bolney Estate Dark Harvest 2010 (a medium bodied red blend of Dornfelder and Rondo at £9.49) and Three Choirs Annum 2011 (an exclusive to Waitrose white blend at £8.99) as her 3 picks for English Wine Week. Great to see our local […]

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A quick coffee at Bolney Estate

Filed in Vineyards by on January 3, 2013 0 Comments
A quick coffee at Bolney Estate

After my resolution to visit 10 English vineyards this year, the first one was quite accidental…

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