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Up and Running at Denbies Wine Estate

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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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One for the Road at Chilford Hall

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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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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

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Three Squirrels and a Pint of Wine at Hazel End

According to his diary entry for December 1st 1660, after a fortifying venison pasty, Samuel Pepys and his friend Mr Shipley “went into London, and calling upon Mr. Pinkney [headed to the tavern to enjoy] a pint of wine”. Later, after another pint at The Star, Samuel Pepys went home, his “brains somewhat troubled with so […]

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How Many Locals Does it Take to Make a Bottle of Wine?

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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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No 1066 and all that at Carr Taylor

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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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Enjoyable Audio Tour & Tasting at Wickham Vineyard

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Enjoyable Audio Tour & Tasting at Wickham Vineyard

The rain stopped long enough last Sunday morning for me to try out the audio tour at Wickham Vineyard in Hampshire. I was really impressed, actually; it’s a great system whereby people can turn up any time during their shop opening hours – 7 days a week, excluding only Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – […]

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Buds and Flowers at Titchfield Vineyard

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Buds and Flowers at Titchfield Vineyard

By one of those lovely moments of serendipity that seem to characterise my explorations of the world of English wine, I picked last Saturday to pop into Cork & Cheese, a deli in Park Gate near Southampton that I had passed several times. I had noted the sign mentioning English wine, so went to check it out. […]

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