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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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Boutique tour & tasting at Tinwood Estate

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Boutique tour & tasting at Tinwood Estate

I’m endlessly fascinated, not just by the stories of wine production, but of how people came to be in the business of making wine in England & Wales. We hear quite often about people making money in other fields, like medicine or IT, the City or Formula 1 which enables them to make their dream of owning a vineyard […]

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Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

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Food and Wine Matching – Nyetimber Style

When I saw the picture on Twitter of the table at the Nyetimber offices awaiting guests I thought (a) I’m sure they meant someone else when they invited me and (b) I’m certainly not going to ‘fess up! The event was to celebrate Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 winning Best UK Sparkling Wine at IWC2014 as well as English Wine Week. With […]

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Alchemy at Davenport Vineyard

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Alchemy at Davenport Vineyard

On a horrid cold and rainy day, I set off to Kent to visit Davenport Vineyard with Victor Keegan. We were both interested to meet Will Davenport and learn more about how he produces his well-respected wines. Having helped with the harvest at Bridewell Organic Gardens myself last season, while Victor and my fellow blogger Ian have both […]

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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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Emptying carefully filled bottles at Ridgeview

Filed in Vineyards by on March 2, 2014 0 Comments
Emptying carefully filled bottles at Ridgeview

On seeing that Ridgeview Wine Estate in Sussex were doing a monthly tour, Susan and I thought we had better get ourselves down there. We had booked a while in advance and when the day came it was the morning after heavy winds and storms; we even wondered whether it would be cancelled. Our journey along […]

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The Price of English Sparkling Wine

Filed in Wines Tasted by on March 1, 2014 0 Comments
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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Visit a Sussex Vineyard

Filed in Vineyards by on January 13, 2014 0 Comments
Visit a Sussex Vineyard

Visit Sussex recently asked us to write a guest blog post for them on vineyards in Sussex that are open to visitors. Here’s a copy of that article… There is more and more talk these days about the increasing quality of English wines and Sussex is right at the heart of this exciting development. From […]

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Glass of English wine and a good book, anyone?

Filed in Musings by on October 27, 2013 6 Comments
Glass of English wine and a good book, anyone?

So, the howling gales are approaching, there are still a few grapes to come in from the harvest (and do check our dedicated Pinterest board if you’re available to volunteer), but how are we English Wine Lovers going to amuse ourselves over the long evenings? Well, for those times when you are not enjoying a […]

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Phenomenal food and delicious English wine in Notting Hill

Filed in Restaurants, Vineyards by on October 24, 2013 0 Comments
Phenomenal food and delicious English wine in Notting Hill

Arriving home late at night after a lovely evening out, I confess that reaching for the dictionary is not normally the first thing I do. However, as we left The Shed in Notting Hill, Sarah and I were just buzzing with excitement about everything and I think she was the one who described the food as […]

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