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Five Steps to Enjoying your Very Own English Sparkling Wine

Filed in Vineyards, Wines Tasted by on June 21, 2014 2 Comments
Five Steps to Enjoying your Very Own English Sparkling Wine

Is sipping a glass of English sparkling wine overlooking your own vineyard an impossible dream? Not to Bruce and Sybilla Tindale at High Clandon. They planted their vines in 2004, harvested in 2007 and enjoyed the first vintage of their very own fizz two years ago. So, how did they do it? Well, it seems to […]

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The Price of English Sparkling Wine

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The Price of English Sparkling Wine

Firstly I have to admit that as a taste-off, it wasn’t fair. Producers in their first year were pitted against others with a massive pedigree, but that in itself produced some interesting debate. It wasn’t intended as a ranking exercise, but inevitably a bit of that creeps in. The event was the Early Swirlers, our […]

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It’s the neat vines that make Greyfriars Rosé Reserve so good

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It’s the neat vines that make Greyfriars Rosé Reserve so good

Anyone who visits English vineyards gets to hear some naïve questions. One of the most quaint and charming I’ve heard was at Greyfriars Vineyard in Surrey for last week’s launch of their first in-house produced wine, the Rosé Reserve Brut, when one of the guests asked whether grape vines always grew so neatly. We smiled as we explained […]

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A delightful summer evening at Jenkyn Place

Filed in Vineyards by on July 31, 2013 0 Comments
A delightful summer evening at Jenkyn Place

If there’s a nicer way to spend a summer’s evening than wandering the vines at Jenkyn Place in the company of owner Simon Bladon and then tasting the latest vintages of his sparkling Brut Cuvée and Rosé, I’d be hard pushed to think what it might be. Even the drive from my home to Jenkyn Place […]

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First Taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012

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First Taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012

Our first taste of Silent Pool Rosé 2012 was almost the first taste as Susan & I have joined the local Albury Organic Vineyard as two of 50 founder members and our membership includes an invitation to the vineyard and barbecue as part of the launch of the new release. It was a lovely sunny day […]

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Thoughts from Taurus Wines

Filed in Musings by on May 20, 2013 2 Comments
Thoughts from Taurus Wines

I had to pop in to Taurus Wines in Cranleigh, Surrey (just south of Guildford) and took the opportunity to ask Rupert Pritchett what he thought about the current state of English Wines. Taurus is a tiny wine shop with a huge reputation and certainly know what they are talking about as their quoted specialism of providing “fine […]

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The Business of Wine at Denbies

Filed in Vineyards by on May 8, 2013 0 Comments
The Business of Wine at Denbies

Our afternoon at Denbies comprised the Seasonal Vineyard Train Tour followed by the Wine & Food Tasting Experience. As at Holmfirth, the estate here started with a family buying a house which came with land. In the case of Denbies, an extensive estate with stunning landscape in the Surrey Hills. A local geologist, climate change […]

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