English Sparkling Wine (ESW) continues to shine and impress us with many great examples across the UK and I believe more and more awareness among consumers worldwide in that it is a viable option up against Champagne. I wanted to gather some thoughts within the industry towards ESW to include how the likes of Brexit…

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It is very worth while exploring just how many English vineyards are a matter of less than one hour away from central London that you can go off to visit relying totally on trains and a short taxi ride from the station – Today I was delighted to be the guest of Bolney Wine Estate…

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I have been travelling a fair bit recently to some splendid sparkling wine regions of the world so it was nice to have a few invitations come through from wineries much closer to home. English Sparkling Wine has been making a great impact in recent years with an increase in sales, new wineries opening, international…

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At the South of England Show, Ardingly, West Sussex, Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, planted a vine to officially represent the ‘Millionth vine’ planted in the UK this year. The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA), the UK wine industry’s central organisation. The ceremonial planting took place…

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The 2016 production figures from England and Wales released today, reveal a dip in overall volume, but a high-quality vintage. The overall production figures show that 31,116 hectolitres were produced, equivalent to 4.15m bottles.  This volume is below the current ‘average’ annual production of 5m bottles. 2016 got off to a slow start but finished…

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We’ve already heard how frost has affected vineyards in Champagne. Now the frost has hit some vineyards in England, with Albury stating the frost has caused damage to 80% of buds. When frost is forecast, it’s all hands on deck with the lighting of  ‘bougies’ (French for ‘candle’) and burners throughout the vineyards. These ‘bougies’…

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I’ve always loved bubbles, but I must admit, I haven’t always been fussy. In fact, when I first moved to London eight years ago, a £5 bottle of Tesco Cava did the trick, not that there’s anything wrong with that… These days, well, my income stretches a little further and let’s just say, like a…

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There’s something very romantic about a home cooked meal, enjoyed over candlelight with a glass of bubbly. Whether or not cooking is your strong point, you can always win over your date with a good bottle of sparkling wine. Here are some tips on how to impress during your meal! Set the mood Prepare before…

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