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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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Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

Filed in Wines Tasted by on February 7, 2016 0 Comments
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 Fizz Favourites – Classic to Contemporary

Filed in Wine Offers, Wines Tasted by on November 15, 2015 0 Comments
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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What is English for Blanc de Blancs?

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What is English for Blanc de Blancs?

When the “New Wine this Week” crowd (follow them on twitter #NWTW) put out a call for wines beginning with the letter “B”, I was straight in there with Bacchus. As I saw suggestions coming in from other quarters, I did feel we were a bit optimistic to be challenging Barolo in the winter months, […]

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Royal Horticultural English Wine…?

Filed in Vineyards by on November 14, 2014 0 Comments
Royal Horticultural English Wine…?

I finally made it to the vineyard at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wisley Gardens this week. A vineyard at Wisley, who knew? Well not the lady in the ticket office for one! To be fair, it is not very well known and the reason I had heard there was a vineyard is that Alex Valsecchi, […]

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Nyetimber – the stuff of dreams

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on September 29, 2014 0 Comments
Nyetimber – the stuff of dreams

The night before my visit to Nyetimber I slept badly. I dreamt that I was walking among crowds of people towards the vineyard and was distracted by a giant winery that had somehow been transported from Champagne to the street where I walked. I wandered inside, spent ages exploring and eventually found myself in a […]

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Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 31, 2014 0 Comments
Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

When I saw the picture on Twitter of the table at the Nyetimber offices awaiting guests I thought (a) I’m sure they meant someone else when they invited me and (b) I’m certainly not going to ‘fess up! The event was to celebrate Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 winning Best UK Sparkling Wine at IWC2014 as well as English Wine Week. With […]

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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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Can a Supermarket really open a Farm Shop?

Filed in Vineyards by on April 6, 2014 0 Comments
Can a Supermarket really open a Farm Shop?

My return journey from a recent trip to Langham Estate took me near the lovely Hampshire town of Stockbridge, so I thought I’d pop in to The Leckford Estate Farm Shop, a recent venture from Waitrose. I was hoping to pick up a bottle of Leckford Estate Brut 2011 (a collaboration with Ridgeview Estate) which […]

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Thoughts on Champagne, English Sparkling Wine & Sea Monsters

Filed in Musings, Vineyards by on July 18, 2013 0 Comments
Thoughts on Champagne, English Sparkling Wine & Sea Monsters

Now that I’ve finished unloading the car of treasures from the Montagne de Reims (it’s taken a while) I thought I’d try and give my thoughts on the question of what’s so great about champagne. As much as I like English wine, and English sparkling wine in particular, I love Champagne. Not just the wine but […]

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