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Three (Sparkling English) Wine Men at Lord’s!

Dec. 7th 2011

The last weekend was a busy one for Sparkling English Wine. The Three Wine Men consumer-focused wine event took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Over the two days, there were three tasting sessions of about 4 or 5 hours, where visitors were able to sample wines from wine producers and specialist retailers from around the world.


Tom the barman - calm before the storm!


Sparkling English Wine were there with a selection of 14 wines from big names Nyetimber and RidgeView, alongside lesser known producers like Blackboys, Davenport Vineyards, Hush Heath, Gusbourne, Upperton, Court Garden, and Jenkyn PlaceEnglish Wine Producers also had a stand incorporating Denbies, Jenkyn Place and Bolney Wine Estate, making the array of quality English wine available to taste a good show.


Fronted by renowned wine critics Oz Clarke, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin, the Three Wine Men events allow entrants to sample, make notes and place orders for delivery at a central desk, alleviating the necessity to carry lots of wine around and home! A great format for an event, especially with the Three Wine Men roaming the show and picking on customers to taste particular wines. We were lucky enough to have Oz and Olly visit our stand with a number of the public to taste particular wines they’d chosen (including Court Garden’s Classic Cuvée 2009, Gusbourne’s Blanc de Blancs 2006 (now sold out – we’re onto the 2007!), and Nyetimber’s new release Classic Cuvée 2004).


Happy tasters at the bar


It is always good to meet the wine-loving public at events like these, in order to reinforce what we’re doing. It’s a very insular world when you work in the online wine trade, and talking about the products, the company, and the rising quality and quantity of wine produced here in England with the public drills home the sense of purpose of what we do.


Sam, the lucky winner of a free ticket AND magnum of RidgeView Blanc de Blancs 2000 with Oz at the show


We hope those of you that made it along to the show enjoyed yourselves, and we look forward to meeting you again at other events of this nature.

UKVA awards 2011: Guest blogger Owen Elias

Jul. 14th 2011

Tuesday 12th July, saw a visit to London for the annual UKVA Wine of the Year Awards…


Hosted by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, the lunch and tasting of the winning wines takes place in the Cholmondeley Room with its riverside terrace at the House of Lords. I think I have been coming here for at least 15 years and witnessed the darker days of the English wine industry as well as its current renaissance as the next big thing.


For the last few years, sparkling wines have dominated the Gold Medals and Trophies, this year with a change of judges and a couple of absentees (most notably Nyetimber, which is a shame because their Rose 2007 is a fantastic wine), still wines, mainly made from Bacchus seem to have impressed their palates and dominated the tasting table.


RidgeView Blanc de Blancs Magnum 2000On the sparkling wine front, youthfulness seems to have been the over-riding criteria in an interesting and surprising set of results, the RidgeView 2000 Blanc de Blancs, the overall winner was the oldest wine by 8 years and tasted as fresh and young as any. Four other sparkling wines won Gold: one from 2008 , Hindleap Rosé from Bluebell; the other three from 2009: Camel Valley Brut and Pinot Noir, and Plumpton’s The Dean Brut NV. Certainly with the demand for English sparkling wine at an all time high, wineries have been releasing their wines earlier, they are more aromatic and English, relying less on the extended lees ageing and more on fruit than in previous years.


By Owen Elias, English Terroir



Jun. 21st 2011

The International Wine Challenge Results are in! 



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