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Blue Cheese and Bubbles

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Blue Cheese and Bubbles

In an area famed for its blue cheese and meat pies, Hanwell Wine Estate is looking to add something else to a list of local products – English sparkling wine. In the delightfully named village of Hickling Pastures in south Nottinghamshire, Will and Helenka Brown’s 8 acre vineyard lies near the Leicestershire border. It’s less […]

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Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on September 23, 2016 0 Comments
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

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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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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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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One for the Road at Chilford Hall

Filed in Wines Tasted by on October 4, 2015 0 Comments
One for the Road at Chilford Hall

Chilford Hall must be one of the best signposted vineyards in England. Large brown signs with giant bunches of grapes entice visitors from the A11 in Cambridgeshire and guide them from the dual carriageway all the way to the winery door. Given the roadside associations of the vineyard’s founder though, maybe that’s appropriate. The vineyard was planted […]

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Valley Farm Vineyards – In a Glass of its Own

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on March 14, 2015 0 Comments
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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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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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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Dorset Wines – Go Judge for Yourself

Filed in Uncategorized, Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on August 27, 2014 0 Comments
Dorset Wines – Go Judge for Yourself

What is the best wine to drink when camping? If the weather is hot, so is your white. If the weather is cold, your bottle of warming red becomes nothing of the sort. And the subtle aromas of a special bottle shared among friends are soon lost on the breeze. Perhaps a wine box is […]

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