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Confessions of an English Placomusophile

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Confessions of an English Placomusophile

Like Charlie Bucket unwrapping a bar of Wonka chocolate, when I open a bottle of sparkling wine I’m always looking out for something extra. But unlike the hero of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it’s not a glimpse of golden ticket I’m after but a decorated cap beneath the gold foil. The caps are an […]

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English Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

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English Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

I’m really excited to be choosing the wines for the November Wine Cellar Door case, and the fact that it’s a sparkling wine selection makes it even more special. With so many top quality wines to choose from though, from so many excellent producers, it’s a difficult task to narrow it down to just six. My […]

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Last of the Summer Whites – Our first mixed case

Filed in Wine Offers by on September 27, 2015
Last of the Summer Whites – Our first mixed case

Two questions I’m often asked are which vineyards people should visit and why we don’t sell wine. It’s in response to both of these that I’ve created the “Last of the Summer Whites” mixed half case in conjunction with English wine specialists, The Exceptional English Wine Company. The plan is to create a monthly offering of 6 […]

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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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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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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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A perfectly tranquil rural vineyard

Filed in Musings, Vineyards by on November 1, 2013 2 Comments
A perfectly tranquil rural vineyard

I’d had in the back of my mind that I could squeeze in another half a day’s grape picking this season if something really piqued my fancy when I came across the vineyard at Bridewell Organic Gardens, near Witney in Oxfordshire. Founded in 1994, Bridewell Organic Gardens aim to improve the emotional well being of adults who have […]

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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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