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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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The War on Dullness at Renishaw Hall

Filed in Vineyards by on August 15, 2015 0 Comments
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

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 12, 2015 0 Comments
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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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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Hanging out the Bunting at Frithsden

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments
Hanging out the Bunting at Frithsden

What better way to spend a bank holiday than with friends at an English Vineyard? Looking for somewhere equidistant between north London and Milton Keynes, Frithsden Vineyard near Berkhamsted looked to be the ideal spot for a May Day meet up – not too far, not too big, offering a warm welcome for children and […]

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A Rose by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

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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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The Joy of a New Vintage at Highdown Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on March 22, 2014
The Joy of a New Vintage at Highdown Vineyard

It is amazing how often you can visit a UK vineyard with just a bit of forethought and a small detour around your everyday life; the serendipity of where you end up is half the fun. I fit a lot of my visits around work and Ian is waiting for his sister-in-law to have a baby to put […]

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Under Big Suffolk Skies at Shawsgate

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on March 14, 2014 0 Comments
Under Big Suffolk Skies at Shawsgate

A field of wooden crosses with painted labels displaying the names of grape varieties put me strangely in mind of a WWI cemetery at Shawsgate Vineyard. The bare trellis wires, dormant vines and vine prunings scattered on the ground added to the impression but it was more than countered by the warm welcome that my […]

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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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If you’ve never seen a violinist tread grapes, you’ve missed out!

Filed in Vineyards by on October 13, 2013
If you’ve never seen a violinist tread grapes, you’ve missed out!

Well, after committing to at least day’s grape picking in the 2013 harvest, today was the day! I’ve been keeping an eye on quite a number of vineyards looking for volunteers and the combination of informative updates on their website and the promise of a hog roast and treading grapes was enough to tempt me […]

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