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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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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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Lyme Bay Winery – one to watch

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Lyme Bay Winery – one to watch

When winemaker Liam Idzikowski announced that he was leaving Langham Estate, where he’d impressed with his first few vintages, to join The Lyme Bay Winery, Ian and I looked at one another rather perplexed. Most of us have seen Lyme Bay’s fruit wines over the years (they’ve been around more than 20 years, I now learn) […]

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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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Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

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Camel Valley – a worthy detour for any visitor to Cornwall

The picture of smiling visitors enjoying a glass of wine in the evening sun on the terrace at Camel Valley overlooking the vineyards is probably one of the most familiar to people with any interest in wines from our shores. In fact the number of people with barely a passing interest in English and Welsh […]

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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

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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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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How many English Wines in a Century?

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How many English Wines in a Century?

Instead of my usual New Year wine resolution to drink less but better, for 2014 I have resolved to to drink the same but different. By which I mean the same amount of wine but made from as many different types of grape as possible. I’ll already taste anything once (usually twice, just to make […]

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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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