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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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Picking Bucks Fizz at Chafor Wine Estate

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Picking Bucks Fizz at Chafor Wine Estate

The highlight of our year here at English Wine Lovers is harvest time. It’s a chance for Elisabeth & I to get out into the field, sharpen our snips and get our hands dirty helping, in a small way, to produce the wines we enjoy drinking and writing about. It’s also a chance to get to […]

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The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

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The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

There’s something about walled gardens – perhaps the sense of security or the promise of secrets – that makes them so appealing. For me, it’s also the chance that one might contain a hidden vineyard. The vineyard at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, a few miles from Sheffield, was originally planted in the walled garden of […]

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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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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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Valley Farm Vineyards – In a Glass of its Own

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Valley Farm Vineyards – In a Glass of its Own

When Elaine Heeler and Vanessa Tucker at Valley Farm Vineyards decided to leave their jobs and home in Manchester for a future in English wine, they were expecting a move to Sussex, not Suffolk. But when they heard that Wissett Wines was for sale and they visited the vineyard near Halesworth, they made the decision […]

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A Rose by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on April 6, 2014 0 Comments
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

It’s perhaps not usual to wet the baby’s head with a dessert wine (imagine how sticky that would be!) but when a visit to see my brother-in-law’s new-born daughter in Nottinghamshire took me close to Eglantine Vineyard, it didn’t seem like such a strange idea. Eglantine, named after the Eglantine or Sweet Briar rose, produce […]

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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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The wines of East Anglia – full of character and of characters

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on November 24, 2013 2 Comments
The wines of East Anglia – full of character and of characters

I had been planning a visit to West Street Vineyard when a kind invitation arrived from Jane Mohan herself to head up to Coggeshall for a tasting of East Anglian wines, so I couldn’t resist. In order to best explain the evening, I need to go back there in my mind to let events unfold so I’ll […]

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What is next for Stanlake Park?

Filed in Vineyards by on September 22, 2013 0 Comments
What is next for Stanlake Park?

It’s taken me a few days to write up my recent visit to Stanlake Park as I’m finding it a bit of a conundrum. I read all about it in GWEW before setting off and the description of the vineyards and wines was glowing, although I haven’t heard it mentioned much elsewhere. I haven’t seen […]

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