Archive for January, 2012

Thoughts for the year ahead…

Jan. 10th 2012

 

 

UK Vine have been kind enough to publish my thoughts for the year ahead…

 

Being on the inside of an industry, one is generally somewhat insulated from what the public perception of a market is. There is no doubting that exposure of English wine, particularly the sparkling kind, is permeating through to the general public, via print, online and television media.

 

Celebrity wine aficionados and chefs such as Oz Clarke, Olly Smith, Susy Atkins, Raymond Blanc and Jamie Oliver, to name just a few, are helping raise the profile of the quality of wine being produced in England and Wales.

 

Click here to read the full article on UK Vine’s website.

 

 

 

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A Retrospective View of a Sparkling 2011…

Jan. 9th 2012

 

A super Sparkling English Wine welcome to the year of opportunity – 2012! We are pleased that 2011 went out with such a bang at Sparkling English Wine HQ. January is always a quiet month in the wine trade, with many folks on detox from over-indulgence during the festive period, and as such it gives the Sparkling English Wine team a moment to take a breath, look back and start planning for the exciting year ahead…

 

Unsurprisingly, sales during the month of December were our highest to date, no doubt owing to the holiday period with

single bottles and mixed cases being sent as gifts all over Europe and the UK. We’re pleased to say that our sales have grown month on month since (soft) launch in June, and we’re really optimistic about this coming year. We’re keeping our superb festive mixed pack offers online for January, for those of you that might not have been able to get  hold of one before Christmas…


 

Our first six months in business have been anything but easy, but we’re getting there, and are pleased to have the widest range of English sparkling wines available anywhere. This is an achievement we didn’t think we’d make yet, and it’s exciting that the quality of the wines that we are promoting on the site is so high. Our wines all go through a blind tasting panel made up of wine experts and industry people to ensure that the wines are of top notch quality, and we can be proud to promote each product as a statement of the country’s excellence.

 

Happy tasters at the bar at the Three Wine Men event in December

 

Our events calendar towards the end of last year was jam-packed, and meeting the public has been both challenging and rewarding. Sharing our knowledge of producers and their products at shows and fairs with those who are interested helps to reinforce the work we are doing to help promote the wines and the overall brand of English Wine in general.

 

 

We are hoping to have an even busier year in 2012. There are few national events coming up this year we can’t ignore:

 

The first being our great Queenie’s Diamond Jubilee;

 

 

The second, the London Olympics…

 

 

 

 

Two superb opportunities for English fizz to put on ice and popped  to celebrate England’s achievements! On top of these, we’re going to be attending numerous food and wine shows peddling the wares of more top producers.

 

We are looking forward to continuing to extend our range of excellent English sparkling wines. We already have our next tasting panel lined up which is likely to be one of our best populated tastings yet, with many new producers’ wines becoming ready for sale this year. We’re also looking for a lucky few prize winners to join us on the panel at the beginning of February to help us evaluate wines from a consumer’s point of view. Please email us by January 31st if you would like to be in with the chance of joining the panel of experts…

 

We look forward to supplying you with some of the best new and existing English sparkling wines throughout 2012. If you’ve got any comments or questions about our product lists or featured producers, please don’t hesitate to contact either Tom or Jeremy via email.

 

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