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Where to for English Wine Week?

Filed in News, Restaurants, Vineyards by on May 27, 2016 0 Comments
Where to for English Wine Week?

Vineyards have been taking root all over the country in recent years, with the vineyard area doubling since 2008 and continuing to grow rapidly. That means that wherever you are in the country, you’ll not be too far away from one. If you’ve not yet visited your local wine producer, English Wine Week (Sat 28th […]

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Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

Filed in Wines Tasted by on February 7, 2016 0 Comments
Life is Sweet – An English Dessert Wine Tasting

We do love a sticky here at English Wine Lovers. Both Elisabeth and I snap up English dessert wines wherever and whenever we can, and because they are generally made in tiny quantities, they usually sell out fast. Elisabeth wrote about these rare delights in November 2014 and since then I’ve been building a large […]

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Fine English Wines at Formans Restaurant

Filed in Restaurants, Wines Tasted by on April 11, 2014 2 Comments
Fine English Wines at Formans Restaurant

English wines on restaurant wine lists are sadly still a rarity. Some more enlightened places might have an English sparkling wine or two, even an aromatic white. Some, such as Roast, make a feature of their English wines with own-label bottlings and collaborations with winemakers. But Roast is in foodie Mecca Borough Market. It’s a […]

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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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Merry Christmas from English Wine Lovers

Filed in Wines Tasted by on December 24, 2013 1 Comment
Merry Christmas from English Wine Lovers

There was only one place to go for the English Wine Lovers Christmas Drinks and that was the Wine Pantry pop-up shop. Just next door to the original shop in Borough Market, Julia Stafford has made a cosy space with bubbling hot toddy as well as beers and the occasional glass of wine. There were […]

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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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Just say “No!” to dull Pinot Grigio

Filed in Wines Tasted by on June 14, 2013 0 Comments
Just say “No!” to dull Pinot Grigio

I was in London earlier this week and arranged to meet former colleague Ian for a little tasting at Wine Pantry, St Pancras. We had lots of gossip to catch up on and I started with a very pleasant Three Choirs Rosé that Julia, who owns Wine Pantry, recommended while Ian had a glass of Chapel Down Kit’s […]

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I said “Astley”, not “asti”…

Filed in Vineyards by on May 29, 2013 0 Comments
I said “Astley”, not “asti”…

After a superb visit to Astley Vineyards, I popped into the award winning Checkett’s farm shop in nearby Ombersley and walked through to Juckes Fine Wines. I looked around the well-stocked shelves of interesting, quality wines. Not seeing any English wines, I enquired whether they stocked Astley Wines. “We usually have asti, but we don’t have any […]

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Waitrose recommendations for English Wine Week

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Waitrose recommendations for English Wine Week

Anne Jones of Waitrose has recommended Jenkyn Place Brut 2008 (champagne-grape blend at £21.99), Bolney Estate Dark Harvest 2010 (a medium bodied red blend of Dornfelder and Rondo at £9.49) and Three Choirs Annum 2011 (an exclusive to Waitrose white blend at £8.99) as her 3 picks for English Wine Week. Great to see our local […]

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Join in the Excitement at Cobbs

Filed in Vineyards by on May 22, 2013 0 Comments
Join in the Excitement at Cobbs

Researching some smaller vineyards towards Bristol and seeing where their wines were stocked, I came across several mentions of Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen near Hungerford in Berkshire. A bit more investigation showed that not only do they stock English wines, but they have just planted their own vineyard. A few days later, I was […]

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